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

Germany: FOX to broadcast German dub of Series 8 in NovemberBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 September 2014 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann
FOX Deutschland has announced today on Facebook that they are going to broadcast Series 8 dubbed into German from November 15th. They will show two episodes every Saturday at 7.15 pm.

Here is the full statement by FOX:

Liebe DOCTOR WHO-Fans, es gibt Neuigkeiten! Ab dem 15. November zeigen wir euch die deutsche Fassung der 8. Staffel immer samstags ab 19.15 Uhr in Doppelfolgen!

Alle Sendetermine in der Übersicht:
  • Ab 15. November: TV-Premiere der deutschen Fassung immer samstags in Doppelfolgen ab 19.15 Uhr
  • Zurzeit: Samstags, 21.00 Uhr, englische Fassung parallel zur Weltpremiere
  • Zurzeit: Samstags, 20.10 Uhr, englische Fassung der Vorwoche mit deutschen Untertiteln
Dear DOCTOR WHO-fans, we have news! We will present to you the german version of Series 8 on 15th November, always two episodes Saturdays at 7.15 pm!

All broadcasting dates:
  • 15th November: TV premiere of two episodes of the german version every Saturday at 7.15pm
  • Currently: Sataurdays, 9 pm, english version in simulcast to the world premiere
  • Currently: Saturdays, 8.10 pm, english version with german subtitles of last week's episode

As previously reported FOX was forced to change their plans at the last minute, transmitting Deep Breath and every episode since in english instead of german, after BBC Worldwide failed to deliver the material needed for the dub in time. BBC Worldwide issued an apology but were unable to state when they were willing to deliver the material needed.

FILTER: - BBC Worldwide - Broadcasting - FOX - Germany - International Broadcasting - Series 8/34

Germany: subtitled episodes for new seriesBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 August 2014 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann and Chuck Foster
In a followup to yesterday's report on the status of Doctor Who in Germany, broadcaster FOX have received an update from BBC Worldwide on how the series will be presented in the country, at least for the present:

We are happy to announce that we found a preliminary solution for the German speaking DOCTOR WHO fans. We guarantee to deliver episodes with German subtitles on time for their weekly repetition Saturday evenings on FOX. We are still working on a timeline for the delivery of German dubbed episodes.
Wir freuen uns eine vorläufige Lösung für deutschsprachige DOCTOR WHO Fans bekanntgeben zu können. Wir garantieren, Episoden mit deutschen Untertiteln rechtzeitig für die Wiederholung am Samstag abends auf FOX zu liefern. Wir arbeiten aktuell noch an einem Zeitplan für die Lieferung der Folgen auf Deutsch.

In previous years, FOX has presented Doctor Who fully dubbed into German; however, the leak of several episodes online last month via a BBC Worldwide server in Miami has led to more stringent controls being put into place over how the series is distributed internationally.

FILTER: - BBC Worldwide - Broadcasting - Germany - International Broadcasting - Series 8/34

BBC Worldwide statement on episode dubbing in GermanBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster and Pascal Salzmann
FOX in Germany have published a statement from BBC Worldwide over the channel being unable to broadcast a German-dubbed version of Deep Breath this coming Saturday:

Wir bedauern, dass es aufgrund von Änderungen in den Produktions-Timelines von Doctor Who BBC Worldwide nicht möglich war, FOX die notwendigen Episoden rechtzeitig zu liefern, damit eine deutsche Übersetzung zur gleichzeitigen Ausstrahlung mit der englischen Fassung angefertigt werden kann. Wir können jedoch garantieren, dass FOX die deutsche Fassung zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt zeigen wird. Wir hoffen, dass durch eine Ausstrahlung der beiden Sprachversionen so viele Fans wie möglich in den Genuss der achten Staffel von Doctor Who kommen werden. Leider können wir FOX bis heute keine Details über die Materiallieferungen für die Synchronisation der kommenden Episoden geben.
We regret that due to changes in the production timelines it was not possible for BBC Worldwide to deliver the required episodes of Doctor Who to FOX in time for them to translate and transmit the series in German simultaneously with the UK broadcast. We can guarantee that FOX will be showing the German-language version of the series as well. We hope that with FOX showing both language versions that as many fans as possible will be able to enjoy season 8 of Doctor Who. Unfortunately, as of now we can’t give Fox any further details about delivery timelines for the dubbing of the upcoming episodes.

Deep Breath airs on FOX this Saturday at 9:00pm.

FILTER: - BBC Worldwide - Broadcasting - Germany - International Broadcasting - Series 8/34

Doctor Who World Tour: Mexico City tickets on sale from 2nd AugustBookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
World Tour 2014 - Mexico CityBBC Worldwide have now confirmed that tickets will go on sale for the Mexico City leg of the Doctor Who World Tour this coming Saturday 2nd August from 11:00pm local time. The Tour will see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman appearing at the Teatro Metropolitan theatre for the screening of series premiere Deep Breath and a Q&A session.

Tickets will be available to purchase via Ticketmaster.

FILTER: - BBC Worldwide - Jenna Coleman - Latin America - Peter Capaldi - Events - Series 8/34

BBC Worldwide apologises again to Doctor Who team for leaksBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 July 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
BBC Worldwide issued another apology today to the Doctor Who cast and production crew following the recent leaks of scripts and episodes from the forthcoming Series 8.

In total, five scripts and the first six episodes in an unfinished form ended up on an FTP (file transfer protocol) site at BBC Worldwide's office in Miami that members of the public could access, causing the corporation serious embarrassment. The blunder has led to disciplinary action being taken.

In an update statement, which also thanked fans for their efforts to stop the material spreading, the BBC's commercial arm said today:
We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks.

The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site. While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans' efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity.

We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme.

BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident.

Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better.
It also said sorry earlier this month, when it became apparent that the five scripts had leaked online, issuing a statement to that said in part:
We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show's fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.

FILTER: - BBC Worldwide - Series 8/34

Deep Breath leaks onlineBookmark and Share

Saturday, 12 July 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Radio Times is reporting that a rough cut of Deep Breath, Peter Capaldi's first episode of Doctor Who, is available on pirate websites.

The leak follows the release of several scripts of episodes onto the internet due to a security breech on a server in the BBC Worldwide office in Miami. Although video material was accessible on the servers it was originally thought that no material had been accessed. It is now believed the leaked episode comes from the same source. Although complete in duration, the episode in question lacks several effects shots and has a place holder title sequence.

A BBC spokesperson told
This is part of BBC Worldwide's ongoing security investigation into leaked unfinished Doctor Who materials. This content is currently being removed and originates from the same Miami server disabled last week, it is not a new issue. We'd like to thank the amazing Doctor Who fans who are continuing to keep fansites and social media spoiler-free.
Showrunner Steven Moffat was asked about the script leak at the London Film & Comic Con on Saturday where he described the leak as horrible, miserable and upsetting for Doctor Who team.

FILTER: - BBC Worldwide - Series 8/34

Cybermen Monster File ebook released by BBCBookmark and Share

Thursday, 3 July 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
An interactive ebook history of the Cybermen has been released globally by the BBC as an experiment - and is available free to UK licence-payers until the end of this month.

The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File features every version of the Cybermen, with the baddies being brought to life using clips, photos and in-depth information. The ebook also includes a new and exclusive story entitled Cybermen: Status Update, written by Joseph Lidster and narrated by Nicholas Briggs, who has been the voice of the Cybermen since their return to the show in 2006.

The ebook - which has been created by the BBC and is being distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide - also features galleries and the real-life story behind the metal monsters. There are interactive sections on the world of the Cybermen, where everything from Handles to Cybermats and the CyberKing is investigated, and there are quizzes as well.

After the free offer for UK licence-payers expires - at 11.59pm BST on 31st July 2014 - they will be able to buy it on iTunes, Android stores, the Kindle Fire App and Google Play. It should be noted that if it is downloaded for free then removed from a device, it will not be available for free reinstallation after then.

The interactive multi-media digital book is designed to be viewed on Android tablets, Apple iPads and Kindle Fire tablets. It can also be viewed on Mac computers with OS X Mavericks.

The file will take up 370MB on Apple and 295MB on both Android and Kindle. In addition, the installation process means that 590MB of file space is needed on Android and Kindle Fire tablets.

To view the ebook on an Apple iPad it must have iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later. If syncing via the iTunes desktop application version then 11.1.3 or later is required. To view it on an Android tablet you must have Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up. If you want to view it on a Kindle Fire tablet it has to be running Android 4.0 and up.

The BBC says the purpose of the experiment is to explore a different platform for delivering additional content to audiences. It adds that the ebook has been co-funded with money from the UK licence fee and, as such, is being made free to UK licence-payers until the end of this month.

UK licence-payers can download it for the iPad from here, for the Android from here and for the Kindle Fire from here.

People outside the UK can buy it now via these links: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.

Watch a trailer for the ebook below:

FILTER: - Merchandise - Books - BBC Worldwide - BBC

New Doctor Who comic-book adventures announcedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
Titan Comics and BBC Worldwide Americas have signed a deal to publish all-new Doctor Who comic-book adventures, it was announced today. It comes following the end of the licensing agreement that IDW Publishing had had with the BBC since 2007.

The adventures will feature the Doctors as portrayed by David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi. A press statement datelined New York said:
In the universe of Doctor Who, regenerations bring not only a new Doctor but often a fresh look and feel to the series, and BBC Worldwide is bringing that same approach to Doctor Who comics as it signs a new deal with Titan Comics.

The deal will open up the world of Doctor Who and provide fans with new stand-alone adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor and, after the new series launch, the Twelfth Doctor. Creative and production teams will be announced in the coming weeks and the first comic books will be released in 2014.
Today's statement was purely to announce the partnership agreement. A more precise date for when the first issue will be published is yet to be given, as is confirmation of the publication frequency. Although ostensibly an American production, the comic books will be available to buy worldwide.

Titan Comics is the comics and graphic-novel division of publisher Titan, whose magazine subsidiary previously published Torchwood - The Official Magazine.

FILTER: - Merchandise - USA - Comics - Magazines - BBC Worldwide

Say What You See app game createdBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A Doctor Who game app has been launched with 150 puzzles across three canvases.

Created by UK-based app developer Big Ideas Digital and published by BBC Worldwide, Say What You See consists of cryptic pictures suggesting words or phrases that can be characters, gadgets, episode titles, or monsters. Solving a puzzle rewards players with a trivia-filled fact file, including exclusive never-before-revealed secrets.

Available on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire, it boasts retina-quality screens that have been painted by ex-Rare game studio concept artist Ryan Firchau, with the artwork taking players on a journey through three iconic Doctor Who locations: Gallifrey, Totter's Lane, and inside the TARDIS.

Big Ideas Digital director Jon Hamblin said:
There have been many Doctor Who games in the past but this is the first that covers the entire span of the show's history, referencing episodes, characters and monsters from every one of its 50 years. If this isn't the first game to appeal to old-school, hard-core fans just as much as younger fans of modern Who then I'll eat my Tom Baker scarf!
The answer to the above example is given here:
Captain Jack [Cap, Tin, Jack]

There are hints for every puzzle and a sonic screwdriver function that lets players scan the canvas for hidden hint coins, plus a "Stuck" button that reveals a handful of answers to get started.

Game download links: iOS, Android, Kindle.

FILTER: - Games - BBC Worldwide

Day of the Doctor DVD extra content revealedBookmark and Share

Monday, 18 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The extra content for the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Day of the Doctor was revealed today - including another mini-episode.

BBC Worldwide said the 50th-anniversary episode would be accompanied by the following:
  • The Night of the Doctor mini-episode
  • The Last Day - a second mini-episode
  • Doctor Who Explained
  • Behind The Lens
  • The Day of the Doctor TV trailer
  • 50 Years of Doctor Who trailer
The release will also contain English subtitles for the hard of hearing, audio description, and audio navigation. The main feature will have a 5.1 soundtrack.

It will be released for Region 2 (the UK, rest of Europe, and Ireland) on Monday 2nd December (pre-order DVD, Blu-ray), and for Region 1 (USA and Canada) on Tuesday 3rd December (pre-order DVD, Blu-ray/DVD combo - two discs). Please note that the Blu-ray release will play normally on both 3D and standard Blu-ray players but the 3D will only work on a Blu-ray 3D player. Release dates for other regions are unknown at the moment.

FILTER: - Merchandise - Day of the Doctor - BBC Worldwide - WHO50 - Blu-ray/DVD