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 5 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 23 Nov 2012

Series Four tops Online PollBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 October 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Series 4 (Credit: BBC)

In a RadioTimes.com online poll that attracted over 10,000 votes, Doctor Who season 4, David Tennant's last, was voted the best series since the show returned in 2005.

The poll, which ran from 10-20 October, asked fans: What's the best series of Doctor Who? (2005 Revival era) and listed all 13 seasons giving fans a chance to look back on some classic moments and episodes as the show gears up for its 60th-anniversary celebrations.

Season 4 was the clear winner with 24% of votes.


Morgan Jeffery, Executive Editor of RadioTimes.com said:

Despite some stiff competition, Doctor Who's fourth series from 2008 has been voted the best of the modern era in this blockbuster poll, which pulled in votes from thousands of fans.

Starring David Tennant as the ever-popular Tenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as the fiery and fantastic Donna Noble, this series was a perfect showcase of everything the show can do, from the larks of Partners in Crime to the chills of Midnight and the blockbuster thrills of two-part finale The Stolen Earth / Journey's End.

It's also a result that bodes well for the programme's imminent 60th anniversary celebrations, which will see award-winning writer/producer Russell T Davies resume his showrunner mantle and Tennant and Tate both returning for new adventures in time and space.

Full details here





FILTER: - Series 4/30 - Radio Times

Doctor Who: Series 4 Steelbook announcedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 18 April 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Studios have announced the forthcoming release of Doctor Who's Fourth series of adventures in the 21st Century in a Blu-ray Steelbook:

Doctor Who: Series 4 Steelbook (cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)Re-live the action of David Tennant’s final season as the Doctor in Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series on Steelbook Blu-ray, with new and exclusive artwork.

Series Four marked the arrival of the award-winning actor Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show) as the Doctor’s new companion, Donna Noble.

The Doctor and Donna travel back to Pompeii on the eve of the infamous eruption where people are slowly turning to stone, investigate a series of grisly murders with the help of Agatha Christie, journey to the home world of the sinister Ood and come face to face with an old enemy of the Doctor.

Series Four sees the return of previous companions – Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) plus an array of guest cast including Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Felicity Kendal (Inside No.9), Fenella Woolgar (Call the Midwife), Tim McInnerny (Game of Thrones), Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, Fallen Angel, Skins - and of course as a future Doctor himself!), Phil Davis (Vera Drake) and Tracey Childs (Broadchurch).

Bonus features exclusive to the release include Doctor Who Confidential, video diaries, commentaries, Children In Need ‘Time Crash’, plus teasers, trailers and deleted scenes.

Doctor Who: Series 4 Steelbook (front cover) (Credit: BBC Studios) Doctor Who: Series 4 Steelbook (back cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)

The steelbook is due to be released on 27th May 2019, and is available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon.




FILTER: - Blu-ray/DVD - David Tennant - Doctor Who - Series 4/30

Doctor Who Coming to DisneyXDBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The exploits of the Tenth Doctor are coming to Disney XD in North America, from Saturday, May 9.

Disney XD, which is home to top-rated action adventure programming including Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels and Marvel Television's animated series, has picked up Doctor Who Series 2 to 4, starring David Tennant as the Doctor.

The series will begin st 9:00 p.m., ET/PT with a preview airing of New Earth following the Disney XD premiere of Fantastic Four. In "New Earth," the Doctor and Rose board the TARDIS for new adventures in time and space. But when they visit mankind’s new home, far in the future, they find gruesome secrets hidden inside a luxury hospital. And an enemy thought long since dead, the paper-thin Cassandra, is out for revenge.

Season Two, "Adventures in time and space," will continue to rollout on Disney XD beginning Saturday, June 13. The special week-long programming event will give fans eight episodes airing daily Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20. Beginning June 14, episodes will also be available on the WATCH Disney XD app, which allows consumers to watch on tablets, phones, computers and connected TVs.

Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD said,
It has been a pleasure working with BBC and we are thrilled that their hallmark drama series 'Doctor Who' is joining the Disney XD programming line-up. This iconic series features the high-quality, high-stakes action and adventure storytelling that our viewers love. The show headlines one of the most charismatic lead characters in television in the form of the Doctor and showcases a compelling rogues' gallery of villains from around the universe.
Matt Forde, EVP Sales & Co-productions, TV, BBC Worldwide North America added
Disney XD is recognized for its family-friendly programming making the channel a great partner to introduce the David Tennant seasons of 'Doctor Who' to a new generation of viewers.




FILTER: - Broadcasting - Series 2/28 - Series 3/29 - Series 4/30 - USA

Doctor Who on Bit Torrent - LegallyBookmark and Share

Friday, 3 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Worldwide has announced a new collaboration with content distribution service BitTorrent to mark a decade of new Doctor Who.

To celebrate ten years since the series reboot, the file sharing network will be offering a ten story box set featuring specially selected highlights from the modern era of Doctor Who for $12 globally.

The package will include exclusive video content from incumbent Doctor Peter Capaldi who gives his insight into some of his favourite Doctor Who episodes as well as Doctor Who: Earth Conquest – the documentary about the 2014 global tour which saw Capaldi and companion Jenna Coleman travel the world to meet their fans.

Julia Kenyon, Director of Drama Brands, BBC Worldwide comments:
Ten years ago, the Doctor’s journey began anew with Russell T Davies and Rose. The Time Lord continues to evolve and refresh and this innovative deal with BitTorrent allows us to directly reach a huge number of consumers and engage with fans on a global and fast-growing digital platform. Music content has seen tremendous success through BitTorrent Bundles and this deal is the first of its kind for British TV content
Matt Mason, Chief Content Officer at BitTorrent adds:
For over fifty years, Doctor Who has challenged the way we see time, space, and TV — the way we tell stories. A series like this should be part of a versatile platform; one capable of reaching and engaging fans around the world. BitTorrent Bundle is that platform. It’s fantastic that BBC Worldwide is the media organization forward-thinking enough to make a release like this possible. This is an exciting way for fans to celebrate ten years of New Who and we are honoured to welcome the Doctor to BitTorrent.
The ten story box set will be available globally to stream or download from the BitTorrent Website.

The $12 Download / Stream Package includes




FILTER: - Blu-ray/DVD - Day of the Doctor - Series 1/27 - Series 2/28 - Series 3/29 - Series 4/30

Doctor Who Script for AuctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 January 2014 - Reported by Marcus
A shooting script from Doctor Who series four is being offered for auction to raise money for the National Literacy Trust.

The signed script was used by actor Steve Pemberton who played Strackman Lux in the two-part 2008 story Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead.

The script is dated 11 January 2008 and signed by Pemberton.

The National Literacy Trust works to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems.

Bids can be made at the NLT auction website.




FILTER: - Series 4/30 - Auctions

Children in Need tonightBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 November 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
With all the excitement brewing for the Doctor's latest appearance tonight in Children in Need, we thought it would be worth providing a brief reminder of the cause it is in aid of:
Pudsey, Children in NeedBBC Children in Need provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. It is local to people in all corners of the UK and supports small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.

The grant programmes are open all year round for applications, with a focus on allocating the money to deserving projects 4 times a year. To find out more about grant programmes, to apply for a grant or to hear how some children's lives have been changed for the better, visit 'Change Lives'

Every penny from the money you raise or donate will go towards helping disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. Children in Need is able to make this promise because it uses investment income and Gift Aid to cover all running costs, meaning that you can be sure your money makes a real difference.

"So far you have helped to raise over £600 million and you never cease to amaze us with your fabulous fundraising events and generous donations. However, there are still so many children that need your help. This year's Appeal promises to be bigger and better than ever before so make sure you get involved and help us to make a difference to children who need our help the most, especially in such tough economic times."

Doctor Who has often featured as part of the Children in Need evening, including the premier broadcasts of the special episodes The Five Doctors (1983), Dimensions in Time (1993), "Born Again" (2005) and Time Crash (2007), plus a Dead Ringers special (2003) and a number of previews, including the forthcoming Christmas Special whose name is to be revealed tonight. Last year featured a special tea party within the TARDIS, and tonight the Doctor is even losing his clothes for the cause!


Donate here!





FILTER: - Special Events - Series 4/30 Specials - Charities

Doctor Who in FranceBookmark and Share

Monday, 31 January 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Matt Smith's first full series as The Doctor comes to France 4 next month when the channel begins showing the 31st series of the show, starting with Le Prisonnier Zéro (The Eleventh Hour) on February 12, at 8:35 PM.

Viewers in France got to see the end of the Tenth Doctor last Christmas day when France 4 showed La Prophétie de Noël.

The series will continue with Épisode 2 — La Bête des bas-fonds and Épisode 3 — La Victoire des Daleks.


In addition French-speaking Doctor Who fansite Beans On Toast has revealed that series 4 of Doctor Who will be released on DVD in French.

The news has been confirmed by France Television Distristribution, the DVD editor in charge of the DVD releases of the first three series in France. French-speaking fans have been campaigning for a DVD release of the series with Beans on Toast launching an online petition in August 2010.

Series 1, 2 and 3 are also to be re-released on DVD, and this time, the series 3 boxset will include the original English version with French subtitles. The current DVD edition only offers the French dub.

For discussion on this news see the Beans On Toast Forum.




FILTER: - France - David Tennant - Series 4/30 - International Broadcasting - Europe - Series 5/31

End of Time Part Two - RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 January 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC One repeat of the Tenth Doctor's swansong, The End of Time Part Two, had an audience of 1.2 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The programme which stars David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott and Timothy Dalton as Lord President, had a 10.6% share of the audience and was just out-rated by Bargain Hunt on BBC Two.

The repeat series concludes today on BBC One at 4.10pm with this year's Christmas Special A Christmas Carol.




FILTER: - Specials - Ratings - UK - Series 4/30 Specials

End of Time - Part One RatingsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 2 January 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC One repeat of the 2009 Christmas special, The End of Time Part One, had an audience of 1.4 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The programme which stars David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott and John Simm as The Master, had a 9.8% share of the audience and was level with Midsomer Murders on ITV1.

The repeat series continued today on BBC One with The End of Time Part Two.




FILTER: - Specials - Ratings - UK - Series 4/30 Specials

Planet of the Dead RatingsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 January 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC One repeat of the 2009 Easter special, Planet of the Dead, had an audience of 1.3 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The programme which stars David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Christina and Lee Evans as Malcolm, had a 12.5% share of the audience and won its timeslot.

The repeat series continued today on BBC One with The End of Time Part One which, along with the rest of the repeat season, is available on the BBC iPlayer..




FILTER: - Specials - Ratings - UK - Series 4/30 Specials