DWM publishes official guide to 2013 seriesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
The Official Guide To The 2013 Series of Doctor Who has been published by Doctor Who Magazine. Researched and compiled by Andrew Pixley, it spans 132 pages and is the 37th special edition from the Panini-owned title.

Billed as "the essential guide to Matt Smith's final season as the Doctor", the guide has in-depth articles covering the episodes The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Hide, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor and, says DWM, is "packed with previously unpublished photos, day-to-day details of Doctor Who's production and hundreds of fascinating new facts."

It is available from the usual outlets.

The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor will be covered in the next special, DWM told Doctor Who News.

FILTER: - Magazines - DWM - Series 7/33

Doctor Who tops iPlayer figures for 2013Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The fiftieth anniversary episode of Doctor Who was the most accessed programme on the BBC iPlayer for the whole of 2013.

The Day of the Doctor topped the chart with 3.2 million people accessing the episode at some point. The episode had 0.3 million more requests than the second placed programme, episode 1 of Bad Education, the comedy series about the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system.

The Christmas episode, The Time of the Doctor, which saw Matt Smith leave the series, was accessed 1.95 million times in the week following transmission, enough to make it the 32nd most requested programme of the year and the most requested programme for Christmas week. Mrs Brown's Boys, which came top of the Christmas broadcast ratings, had 1.36 million requests.

Nearly a million people downloaded the iPlayer mobile and tablet apps over the Christmas period, meaning over 20 million now have the service on their mobile device.

All ten episodes of Doctor Who that premiered in 2013 made the top 50 programmes on iPlayer for the year. The Bells of Saint John came in at number 5 on the chart, with 2.64 million requests during the couple of months it was available. The Rings of Akhaten was 15th with 2.31 million requests. At 23 was The Name of the Doctor which had 2.06 million requests. Cold War was 33rd with 1.95 million requests, Hide was 35th with 1.92 million requests, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS was 39th with 1.89 million requests, Nightmare in Silver was 40th with 1.89 million requests and The Crimson Horror was 43rd with 1.83 million requests.

Overall, the 2013 episodes were requested over 19 million times during the year. The 2012 episodes were also available on iPlayer for part of the year and were requested a total of 2.39 million times. The 14 episodes from Series Six were requested 4.51 million times and Series Five 0.67 million times.

FILTER: - Ratings - UK - Series 6/32 - Series 5/31 - Series 7/33

Saturday Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Sunday, 17 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Three continuted its countdown of Doctor Who: Greatest Monsters & Villains on Saturday evening.

The format features a three minute potted history of the featured villain, followed by the screening of an appropriate episode of Doctor Who. Coming in at number 6 were the Ice Warriors and a screening on a story from the most recent series of Doctor Who Cold War. The episode had an overnight viewing figure of 0.33 million viewers, a 1.4% share of the total audience.

At five were the Cybermen, the episode shown the 2008 Christmas story The Next Doctor. It was watched by 0.58 million a 2.5% share.

Finally for the evening, at number 4 were The Silence. The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon was screened and was watched by an average 0.69 million viewers, a 4.3% share. BBC Three was the second highest watched digital channel for most of the evening, with Die Hard 4.0 on E4 taking the top spot.

FILTER: - Ratings - UK - Series 6/32 - Series 7/33

Silva Screen updateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 15 August 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
As previously reported, the Doctor Who Series 7 double-CD will be released on 9th September 2013.

Series 7 (soundtrack) - limited edition card set (Credit: Silva Screen)Doctor Who Series 7 - Original TV Soundtrack(pre-order)

Silva Screen’s eighth Doctor Who soundtrack release since 2006.

Long awaited by the fans, Series 7 has been uniquely made up of 13 self-contained stories and this 2 CD set offers a feast of new Murray Gold signature themes with music from each and every story.

Murray Gold’s phenomenal output as a composer began close to twenty years ago and he has stacked up five BAFTA nominations (two for Doctor Who) plus three Royal Television Society nominations and a win for Queer As Folk. In 2013 Murray Gold celebrated one of his greatest musical accomplishments with a third Doctor Who Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

(see our previous news item for track listing)

In addition to the gatefold wallet and jewel box formats, there will also be a limited number of CDs for sale containing cards with five alternative covers for Series 7. This will be available exclusively from drwho.tmstor.es.

There is no information at present as to if and when the soundtracks for the two Christmas Specials The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe and The Snowmen might be released.

Silva Screen have also reported that their limited edition vinyl release of the Doctor Who Series 1&2 soundtracks has been delayed due to a problem at the factory. Originally scheduled for next Monday, it is now expected for Monday 2nd September.

Win a copy of the Series 7 soundtrack!

Thanks to Silva Screen we have three copies of the CD for our readers to win. To be in with a chance, simply answer this question:
Emilia Jones portrayed the Queen of Years in The Rings of Akhaten, but who performed that role at this year's Doctor Who Prom?
Please send your answer to comp-s7cd@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Run, you clever boy", along with your name, address, and where you read about this competition. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date will be on 6th September 2013. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

There's still a chance to win a copy of Ghost Light, which closes on 24th August 2013. Answer the question below and send the usual details as outlined above to comp-ghostlight@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "We all have a universe of our own terrors to face":
In Ghost Light, when Ace discovers that the Doctor has taken her back to the house she hated from her youth, she asks if he too has things he hates - name one of his responses.

FILTER: - Merchandise - Audio - Competitions - Series 7/33

Series 7 Soundtrack Release Date and Track ListBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 - Reported by Harry Ward
Silva Screen has announced the release date and track list for the Doctor Who Series 7 soundtrack. As well as the standard double jewel case, a special limited edition gatefold wallet will be available to the first 5000 copies sold. The soundtrack will available to buy in the UK from 9th September, 2013 and the preorder will be available soon.

    Asylum of the Daleks
  1. They Are Everywhere
  2. Save Us
  3. Dalek Parliament
  4. Towards The Asylum
  5. A Probe In The Snow
  6. Amy And Rory Together
  7. The Terrible Truth

  8. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
  9. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship / Pterodactyls
  10. Brian
  11. Take A Ride On Tricey

  12. A Town Called Mercy
  13. Make Peace
  14. Welcome To Mercy
  15. Out West
  16. Gunslingers
  17. The Salvation Of Kahler Jex
  18. Our Little Town’s Prosecutor

  19. The Power of Three
  20. Cubes
  21. While We Waited
  22. Brian’s Log

  23. The Angels Take Manhattan
  24. New York New York
  25. I Am You
  26. Melody Malone
  27. Little Angels
  28. My Husband’s Home
  29. Hide The Damage
  30. Together Or Not At All - The Song Of Amy And Rory
  31. Goodbye Pond

  32. The Bells of Saint John
  33. Cumbria 1207
  34. Monking About
  35. Spoonheads
  36. Clara?
  37. A Turbulent Flight
  38. Bah Bah Biker
  39. Up The Shard
  40. I Might Change My Mind

    The Rings of Akhaten
  1. The Leaf
  2. Something Awesome
  3. Market Day
  4. Merry Gejelh
  5. God of Akhaten
  6. The Speeder
  7. Never Wake
  8. The Long Song
  9. Infinite Potential
  10. Always You, Never A Replacement

  11. Cold War
  12. Cold War
  13. Skaldak

  14. Hide
  15. I Am A Ghost

  16. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
  17. A Machine That Makes Machines

  18. The Crimson Horror
  19. Crimson Horror
  20. Sweetville
  21. Thomas Thomas

  22. Nightmare in Silver
  23. Hedgewick's World
  24. Tiberian Spiral Galaxy
  25. Upgrade In Progress
  26. The Dream Of Cyberia
  27. What A Brain
  28. Can’t Win
  29. Your Orders Come From Me
  30. Other Good News
  31. The Impossible Girl
  32. Cyber Amy
  33. The Emperor’s Wife
  34. Some Wednesday

  35. The Name of the Doctor
  36. To Save The Doctor
  37. A Letter To Clara
  38. What Is His Name?
  39. A Secret He Will Take To His Grave
  40. Trenzalore
  41. I Am Information
  42. Pain Everlasting
  43. Remember Me
  44. Glasgow [Bonus track for iTunes]
  45. Whisper Men [Bonus track for iTunes]

Series 7 (soundtrack) - cover (Credit: Silva Screen)

Series 7 (soundtrack) - limited edition gatefold wallet (Credit: Silva Screen)

FILTER: - Audio - Series 7/33

BBC Worldwide to include 'Widow' on Series Seven Box SetBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Worldwide has bowed to fan pressure and agreed to include the 2011 Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe on the UK version of the Complete Series Seven DVD Boxed Set.

Although the episode has always been included on the North American version of the DVD set, it was excluded from the UK version on the grounds it was already available as a standalone product. However after lobbying from fans BBC Worldwide have reviewed their position and will now include the episode, originally shown on Christmas Day 2011, in the Series Seven Box set.

BBC Worldwide issued this statement explaining the position
Originally the decision was taken not to include this release on the box set as it had previously been released as a standalone product. However after listening to feedback from our fans we have decided to include the episode and its prequel on the set. The price of the set will not be altered as a result of the change of contents

Complete Series 7 - Cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The revised five disc set has a number of new features that were not orginally announced:
  • Audio commentaries for episodes: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, and The Crimson Horror
  • Prequels for: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (The Great Detective, Vastra Investigates, Demons Run: Two Days Later), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (She Said, He Said, Clarence and the Whispermen)
  • Pond Life
  • As Good as Gold (exclusive to the UK version)
  • Featurettes: The Making of the Gunslinger , Creating Clara, Rain Gods, Clara and the TARDIS, Inforarium, and Clara’s White Christmas
  • Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode (except The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe)
  • Additional features: Last Days of the Ponds, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions, and Doctor Who at Comic Con

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Blu-ray/DVD - Series 7/33

Complete Series Seven Boxed Set announcedBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 July 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have announced the release of the Complete Series Seven Boxed Set on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom for the 28th October 2013.

Complete Series 7 - Cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series

Say farewell to the Ponds all over again. Meet the enigmatic Clara for the first time - and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor (Matt Smith) to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great soufflé. With a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans breathless, this set arrives just in time to catch up before the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special on November 23, and the Doctor’s regeneration in this year’s Christmas Special.

In the first part of series seven, the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) make their final voyages with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor's oldest foe. But when they arrive in Manhattan the Weeping Angels are waiting for them - and the Doctor has to say goodbye to his companions forever.

The 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, brings the Doctor a new friend (Jenna Coleman) in Victorian London - but has he already met her before? And will she be able to pull him from his mourning in time to save London from the chilling menace that threatens it? The final eight episodes of series seven see the Doctor and his new companion battle monsters on distant alien planets, become trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chase terrifying ghosts, and come face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. When his friends are kidnapped, the Doctor and Clara are forced to visit the fields of Trenzalore, where the question that must never be answered is finally asked… and the Doctor uncovers the secret of the Impossible Girl.

The incredible list of guest stars includes John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), David Warner (Titanic, TRON), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove, Ever After: A Cinderella Story), Ben Browder (Farscape), David Bradley (Game of Thrones), Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, The Woman in Black), the mother-daughter duo of Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) and Rachael Stirling (Women in Love, Snow White and the Huntsman), and the voice of Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of The Rings films). The episodes are written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, as well as Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Chris Chibnall, Toby Whithouse and Stephen Thompson.

Complete Series 7 - Cover (3D) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Special Features:
  • Audio commentaries for: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide and The Crimson Horror
  • "Prequels" for: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (x3), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (x2)
  • Pond Life
  • The Making of the Gunslinger
  • Creating Clara
  • Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode
  • Additional featurettes: Doctor Who in the US, Last Days of the Ponds, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions and Doctor Who at Comic Con

Note: this set does not include the 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe.

FILTER: - Merchandise - Eleventh Doctor - Blu-ray/DVD - Series 7/33

Doctor Who tops May iPlayer RequestsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 June 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: iPlayerFor the second month running Doctor Who was the most requested programme on the BBC iPlayer, with the series finale, The Name of the Doctor being accessed 1.90 million times.

Doctor Who also took third place in the list with Nightmare in Silver having 1.73 million requests and fifth place with The Crimson Horror having 1.71 million requests.

The other places in the top ten we taken by five episodes of The Apprentice and two editions of The Voice.

Earlier Doctor Who episodes were still available during the month with Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS adding 0.59 million requests to its April total, while other episodes each added around 0.2 million requests.

The most requested Doctor Who story of the year remains as The Bells of Saint John which has a total of 2.5 million requests and is the sixth most requested programme of the year. The top four places are held by Top Gear with Africa coming in fifth.

NB: The request figures refer to download and streaming requests only and don't necessarily reflect the total number who watched the whole episode. However the BBC does estimate the unique number of viewers watching each episode within a week of transmission via it's Live + 7 figures.

Live+7 Viewing FiguresFirst DayRepeatsTimeshiftiPlayerLive +7
The Bells of Saint John6.15m - 63%0.39m - 4%2.29m - 23%0.95 - 10%9.78m
The Rings of Akhaten5.48m - 63%0.28m - 3%1.98m - 23%0.90 - 10%8.65m
Cold War5.57m - 68%0.18m - 2%1.67m - 20%0.76 - 9%8.28m
Hide4.97m - 65%0.27m - 4%1.63m - 21%0.77 - 10%7.64m
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS4.86m - 65%0.28m - 4%1.54m - 21%0.79 - 11%7.47m
The Crimson Horror4.61m - 61%0..32m - 4%1.83m - 24%0.83 - 11%7.59m
Nightmare in Silver4.73m - 61%0.29m - 4%1.87m - 24%0.89 - 11%7.78m
The Name of the Doctor5.45m - 63%0.28m - 3%1.99m - 23%0.92 - 11%8.64m

The figures show Doctor Who is timeshifted far more than most BBC programmes. Around 62% of the audience watch Live or within one day, compared with the BBC average of 87% watching Live. Around 23% of the viewers timeshift using a PVR compared with the BBC average of 6%, while 11% now watch via the iPlayer, compared with the BBC average of 2%.

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Ratings - UK - Series 7/33

Series 7B premieres in Germany on 12th JuneBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Germany will become the latest country to enjoy the latest series of Doctor Who, with entertainment channel FOX premiering "Series Seven Part Two" on Wednesdays at 8:15pm, kicking off on Wednesday 12th June with Die Glocken von Saint John. The episode will also be repeated later in the evening at 1:15am and Sundays at 8:15pm.

Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBCDie Glocken von Saint John

Der Doktor ist ins gegenwärtige London gereist, um die verschwundene Clara zu suchen. Nachdem er sie gefunden hat, wartet auf ihn und seine neue Begleiterin gleich die nächste Mission - im Wi-Fi-Netzwerk der Stadt lauert eine Bedrohung. Etwas Böses versucht, über das Netzwerk Seelen aufzusaugen. Auch Clara wird fast zum Opfer, der Doktor kann sie gerade noch retten. Als die Betreiber des Alien-Netzwerkes davon erfahren, planen sie, die beiden auszuschalten. Sie lassen die Besatzung eines Passagierflugzeuges einschlafen - und es wird genau dort abstürzen, wo sich der Doktor und Clara befinden.

The series will be preceded by an evening of repeats of the first half of the series this coming weekend, with Der Dalek in Dir at 8:15pm, Dinos Im All at 9:05pm, Wilder Westen at 9:55pm, Zusammengewürfelt at 10:40pm and Die Macht Des Wortes at 11:25pm. The evening is finished off with the 2012 Christmas Special, Die Schneemänner at 12:10am.

Further details can be found from the FOX website and This Week in Doctor Who.

FILTER: - Germany - Series 7/33

Final Australian ratings for The Name of the DoctorBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 June 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Name of the Doctor has picked up an additional 140,000 time-shifted Australian viewers, giving it a final, or consolidated, ratings average of 953,000 viewers in the five major capital cities.  This was the fifth largest number of time-shifted viewers for a program broadcast on Sunday 19 May. The final or consolidated ratings includes all 'time-shifted' viewers who record the program and watch it within a week.

Based on these final figures, The Name of the Doctor was the second highest rating ABC program of the day and the ninth highest rating program of the day overall (it was also the ninth highest rating program based on its overnight figures of 812,000 viewers). These ratings do not include regional viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight

FILTER: - Ratings - Broadcasting - Series 7/33 - Australia