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

Doctor Who Magazine 470Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 470The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine looks back on Matt Smith's four years as the Doctor.
A big part of me wanted to stay because it’s a wonderful job and he’s a wonderful character. My life will never be the same. I’ll never play another part quite like this.
Also in this issue:
  • Model-maker extraordinaire Mike Tucker and members of the Model Unit talk to DWM about creating the visual effects for Doctor Who in the 1980s.
  • Doctor Who's new executive producer Brian Minchin writes exclusively for DWM in Production Notes.
  • A detailed look at the Fact of Fiction of 1980's Meglos.
  • The Blood of Azrael – the first part of a new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Clara.
  • The Time Team welcome Donna aboard the TARDIS as they watch Partners in Crime.
  • A preview of the recently rediscovered The Web of Fear on DVD.
  • A review of the newly released Moonbase DVD from Matthew Sweet.
  • Jacqueline Rayner debates the ethics of telling the truth to her children in Relative Dimensions.
  • The Watcher talks about his favourite Doctor Who planets and outs another helpless supporting artiste in Wotcha!
  • Reviews of the latest DVDs, CDs, and books.
  • Competitions, puzzles, and much more.
DWM 470 is on sale from Thursday 6 February 2014.

FILTER: - Matt Smith - Magazines - DWM

Doctor Who Triumphs at the 2014 NTABookmark and Share

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who has triumphed at the 2014 National Television Awards, with the show winning Best Drama and Matt Smith winning Best Drama Performance.

Smith, who won the award for Best Actor in 2012, triumphed in a category that now includes both male and female actors, beating Martin Clunes, Maggie Smith, and Miranda Hart.

The actor is currently appearing in American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre, London, so the award was collected by Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat on his behalf. However, Smith did record a video message thanking the NTA for the marvellous award.
Thank you to everyone who voted. You made my time on Who the best and most brilliant and most audacious part of my career to date. I am forever grateful.

Doctor Who won the award for Best Drama for the first time since 2010, regaining a title it held from 2005-2010. It beat Broadchurch, Downton Abbey, and Call The Midwife. The award was collected by Coleman.
Fifty years and still going strong. Well done Who!

I think this award absolutely belongs to the team, the cast and crew who are grafting away in Cardiff as we speak. The genius and mastermind that is Moff, and of course Matt Smith. Thanks to everyone who voted.
The awards were presented at The O2 in London. Other winners included Benedict Cumberbatch, who won Best TV Detective in the Moffat and Mark Gatiss series Sherlock.

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Matt Smith - Awards/Nominations

National Television Awards 2014 shortlist revealedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
Doctor Who has made two of the categories in the shortlist for this year's National Television Awards. The show itself is one of four nominees in the Drama section, finding itself competing with Broadchurch, Downton Abbey, and Call The Midwife, while Matt Smith as the Doctor is nominated for Drama Performance.

In a change to the system this year, male and female actors were combined for Drama Performance, and although Jenna Coleman was included in the longlist she failed to make the shortlist. Smith will be facing challenges from Martin Clunes (as Dr Martin Ellingham in Doc Martin), Maggie Smith (as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey), and Miranda Hart (as Chummy Noakes in Call The Midwife) for the gong.

Other Doctor Who luminaries in the running for awards are as follows:

TV Detectives - David Tennant (Det Insp Alec Hardy in Broadchurch), Olivia Colman (Det Sgt Ellie Miller in Broadchurch), Suranne Jones (Det Con Rachel Bailey in Scott & Bailey), and Bradley Walsh (Det Sgt Ronnie Brooks in Law and Order: UK) against Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock) and Idris Elba (Det Chief Insp John Luther in Luther).

Daytime - Pointless (presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman) as well as The Chase (hosted by Bradley Walsh) against This Morning and The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Documentary - Penguins - Spy In The Huddle, narrated by David Tennant, and Paul O'Grady's Working Britain against Inside Death Row With Trevor McDonald and Educating Yorkshire.

Votes can be cast by the public until midday on Wednesday 22nd January via this link. There are 13 categories in all and categories can be skipped. The awards ceremony will take place at the 02 in London later the same day, being broadcast live on ITV from 7.30pm.

Doctor Who failed to win any awards last year, in spite of nominations for the programme, Smith, and Karen Gillan.

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Matt Smith - Awards/Nominations

Who's Down UnderBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 - Repported by Connor Johnston
Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) are both heading down under for a special tour around the country next March. The Hub Productions' Whoniverse: The Doctor is in event will see them live on stage talking about the phenomenon of Doctor Who and their lives as the Doctor and his companion. There will also be merchandise as well as rare collectibles available to purchase from dealers. Limited autographs and professional photographs will be available with the guests. The tour dates are as follows:

>>> SYDNEY MARCH 1st 2014
>>> PERTH MARCH 2nd 2014
>>> ADELAIDE MARCH 8th 2014
>>> MELBOURNE MARCH 9th 2014

Additional guests as well as venues and ticket info will be announced mid-January from the Hub's website.

Other Australian appearances include Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), who will be touring with Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide and Perth throughout March and April 2014. Tickets can be purchased from the Official Oz Comic-Con site.

Also travelling to Australia and New Zealand is Fifth Doctor Peter Davison to host the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

FILTER: - Karen Gillan - Matt Smith - Billie Piper - Peter Davison - Australia

The Time of the Doctor wins BBC America and Twitter recordsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - Reported by Melad Moshiri
Christmas Special 2013 - Promotional Image (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)The Time of the Doctor Christmas special has been named the most watched programme in BBC America's history.

The 800th episode in the show's run attracted 2.47 million viewers overnight, the highest ever audience achieved on the channel, beating The Day of the Doctor's record of 2.4 million viewers.

It was however beaten by showings of The Big Bang Theory (3.96m) and Duck Dynasty (2.69m), all broadcast in a 9:00pm slot on cable.

The Farewell to Matt Smith special, broadcast before the incumbent's final adventure however, drew in a respectable audience of 1.54 million.

In the UK, Time was the second most watched on Christmas Day while becoming the eighth highest rated show of the day in Australia.

On Twitter, 183,550 tweets were generated, becoming the most tweeted show of the day on the social network and beating previous Christmas special The Snowmen's 64,049 total. Peter Capaldi's entrance, meanwhile, brought in 18,844 tweets.

Figures thanks to: TV By the Numbers, Radio Times

FILTER: - BBC America - Time and the Doctor - Peter Capaldi - Matt Smith

The Time of The Doctor: new videosBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A number of new videos have been published by the BBC for The Time of The Doctor: the first is another in the series of Strax Field Reports - this time talking about the Doctor's regeneration; two are short behind-the-scenes features, one with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman chatting about the episode and the other with Michael Pickwoad on creating Christmas; and finally a festive greeting from actor Jack Hollington (aka Barnable).

Note: videos can contain spoilers and you should only watch them when you've either seen The Time of The Doctor, or are not worried about potential revelations!

FILTER: - Online - Time and the Doctor - Matt Smith - Jenna Coleman

Matt Smith: I'll miss youBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Outgoing Doctor Matt Smith has left a message for fans, courtesy of the official Doctor Who Twitter feed:

The Time of the Doctor - The Doctor (Matt Smith) (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)

FILTER: - Matt Smith

The Time of the Doctor: Video RoundupBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
With The Time of The Doctor nearly upon us, here is a roundup of videos associated with the episode, plus the currently known times of broadcast.

FILTER: - Online - Time and the Doctor - Peter Capaldi - Matt Smith

Time of the Doctor - Preview 3Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released the third preview clip from The Time of the Doctor.

FILTER: - Time and the Doctor - Matt Smith

Doctor Who Celebration: The Eleventh Hour panel full videoBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 December 2013 - Reported by Melad Moshiri
An extended video featuring two of the Eleventh Hour panels at the Doctor Who Celebration has been published on the BBC's 50 Years of Doctor Who website.

Filmed at the Excel in London on the 24th November and presented by Matthew Sweet, the panel brought together Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and Nick Hurran following the celebratory broadcast of The Day of the Doctor. The team discussed the most notable scenes in the 50th anniversary special involving Tom Baker, past Doctors, the regeneration of John Hurt into Christopher Eccleston and the brief appearance of Peter Capaldi.

Teased was The Time of the Doctor Christmas special, which executive producer Steven Moffat described as Matt Smith's "finest ever performance as the Doctor and possibly the finest performance ever by a Doctor". Moffat also talked of a world without Doctor Who (also available as a separate YouTube video).

Set over the course of three days from November 22nd to the 24th at the Excel, the event saw fans from around the world and stars from the show attending the celebration in honour of the show as part of its anniversary weekend.

FILTER: - Steven Moffat - Peter Capaldi - Matt Smith - Jenna Coleman - Nick Hurran