Doctor Who Live - First Glasgow Performance CancelledBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The performance of Doctor Who Live scheduled for the Glasgow SECC on 14th October has been cancelled for what is described as logistical reasons.

Ticket holders should contact the box office which is offering refunds or seats at alternative performances during the run.

Frank Jarvis 1940 - 2010Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 September 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Frank JarvisThe actor Frank Jarvis has died at the age of 70.

Jarvis played characters in three Doctor Who stories. He first appeared in the 1966 story The War Machines as a corporal; then it wasn't until Tom Baker assumed the role that he returned to the series to play Ankh in the 1978 CSO-laden story Underworld. A year later he featured as swampie Skart in The Power of Kroll.

Outside of Doctor Who, he had a variety of roles in film and television, including the character of Roger in the original The Italian Job film with Michael Caine, and alongside former Doctor Colin Baker in the BBC series The Brothers.

Frank Jarvis died on 15th September 2010.

Sarah Jane's Alien FilesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 September 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have announced that a series of special shows will accompany The Sarah Jane Adventures on CBBC. The specials, entitled Sarah Jane's Alien Files, will allow Sarah Jane and her friends to "recount their adventures each week – the ultimate guide of everything you could possibly need to know when facing hostile aliens."

The first episode of Sarah Jane's Alien Files will follow part one of The Nightmare Man, at 5:45-6:20pm on CBBC.

Note: the 'terrestrial' repeat of The Nightmare Man will be on BBC2 on Wednesday 13th/Thursday 14th October (due to Commonwealth Games coverage) - the series will continue on BBC1 for the following adventure, The Vault Of Secrets.

New Christmas ClipsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released a Drama Showreel showcasing the new drama output coming up on the BBC over the next six months, featuring clips from the 2010 Christmas Special of Doctor Who.

The showreel was previewed at an event marking two years in post for BBC Controller of Drama, Ben Stephenson.

Other dramas featured include performances from the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors:

  • Christopher Eccleston stars in an episode of Accused, a new drama series from Jimmy McGovern for BBC One.
  • David Tennant plays Dave in Single Father coming to BBC One on Sunday 10 October.
  • Matt Smith plays Christopher Isherwood in Christopher and his Kind coming to BBC Two next month.

  • Exhibitions Close - New Attraction PlannedBookmark and Share

    Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Doctor Who:ExhibitionsBBC Worldwide has announced the closure of the Doctor Who Exhibitions currently running in Cardiff, Newcastle and Land's End.

    A new and larger attraction is being developed at a new location in Cardiff.

    A statement from BBC Worldwide says
    We have consulted with the City Council for the past 18 months regarding our plans and we are confident that the new attraction’s features, size and location will draw many more fans to the Welsh capital from across the UK.

    The current Cardiff Exhibition has drawn over half a million visitors since it opened in December 2005 at the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay. It will run until 27th March 2011. The Land's End exhibition will close on 2nd January 2011 and the Newcastle one on 31 October 2010.

    Further details regarding the new Cardiff attraction will be published shortly.

    Fish Fingers and Custard - Issue 2Bookmark and Share

    Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Fish Fingers and CustardIssue 2 of the fanzine Fish Fingers and Custard is out now and be downloaded or purchased in print from the website.

    In the Issue:
    • Series 5 Reviews
    • Proms Report
    • Fives
    • Where Should Classic Doctor Who Have Ended?
    • Memories of PBS Pledge Drives
    • The Latest Tabloid Newspaper Rumours
    And Much More.

    The Nightmare ManBookmark and Share

    Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare ManThe BBC has released synopsis for The Nightmare Man, the first story in the new series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

    The series will premiere on CBBC on Monday 11th October at 5.15pm, with Part Two being shown the following day.

    In a change to the DWM infomation, the BBC One repeats will now be on Wednesday and Thursday at 4.30pm.
    Part One
    In the first two-part adventure, The Nightmare Man, Sarah Jane's adopted son, Luke, faces life-changing events and Bannerman Road will never be the same again when he has his first nightmare and is haunted by a dark figure from his dreams. A strange entity is reaching out to our world, with terrible consequences for the whole human race.

    With Luke, Clyde and Rani trapped in a bizarre dreamscape, Sarah Jane must fight alone in the concluding part of the first story in the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
    As the Nightmare Man grows stronger, only K9 might hold the key, but can Luke summon the courage to face his adult life before the whole world becomes trapped in an endless nightmare?

    Series One Wins + New Offer - UpdatedBookmark and Share

    Tuesday, 28 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Doctor Who: See SawDoctor Who has overwhelmingly won the vote held by See Saw and as a result the entire Series One of Doctor Who will be available  to rent from  their website from Tuesday 28th September for 99p. Although the series needs to be purchased today, viewers then have up to 90 days to watch the series.

    Because the competition was so popular, SeeSaw, has announced a second Tight Tuesday promotion, just for readers of The Doctor Who News Page.

    Voting will be between Doctor Who Series 2, Doctor Who Series 3 and Doctor Who Series 4.
    It was intended to have Torchwood as the fourth option, but this has had to be removed due to admin reasons. Instead the three Doctor Who Series are up against Series One of Battlestar Galactica.

    Votes need to be made at

    Louis Marks 1928 - 2010Bookmark and Share

    Monday, 27 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    The writer Louis Marks has died at the age of 82.

    Louis Marks wrote four stories for Doctor Who. In 1965 he wrote the first story of Season Two, Planet of Giants, the first contemporary story in the series since the first episode. He returned to the series in 1972 to plot the return of the Daleks after a gap of several years in Day of the Daleks a story which saw the introduction of the Ogrons.

    For the Fourth Doctor he penned two stories, Planet of Evil in 1975 was set on the far distant planet Zeta Minor on the edge of the universe, while The Masque of Mandragora a year later was set in 15th century Italy.

    His work away from Doctor Who included The Man Who Finally Died (1967) for the BBC and Special Branch for Thames Television (1970). He wrote for Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan, and for the Doomwatch series. His work as a producer included The Lost Boys (1978), Fearless Frank (1979) and the BBC's adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch (1994).

    Louis Marks died on 17th September, 2010.

    Extras for The Mutants clearedBookmark and Share

    Monday, 27 September 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    The following extras have been cleared for a future DVD release of the Jon Pertwee adventure The Mutants by the British Board of Film Classification:
    00:01:35:07 (BLUE PETER) (CLIP FROM BLUE PETER IN 1970S)
    The clearance of extras is usually an indication that the story is due to come out relatively soon on DVD; however, producer 2Entertain have not given an official date for release at present.

    Dalek discovered at school!Bookmark and Share

    Monday, 27 September 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster

    Staff and students had a surprise last week when they discovered a Dalek in their school, West Exe Learning Centre in St. Thomas, Devon. The prop appeared to have been abandoned, with no clue as to where it had come from.

    Sue Willey, deputy manager of West Exe Learning Centre, said:
    We're not sure where he has come from or who he belongs to. It is a full-size replica and stands at about 5ft tall. You can even sit inside him. It's not every day you get a Dalek arrive at your school and he did cause a bit of a stir to start with. The kids liked him but I think they're starting to lose interest now. I don't think they're into Doctor Who really. We'd like to return him to his owner if possible because he's taking up quite a lot of room and is living in a cupboard at the moment."

    Police were also involved in the incident but were unable to trace the owner. Detective Constable Caroline Prince, of Exeter's burglary team, said:
    We believe this Dalek has come from somewhere in Exeter, but we have had no one reporting a stolen or missing Dalek so we don't know who it belongs to. If anyone can help us identify the owner of the Dalek, we would be very grateful so we can return it to its rightful owner."

    With no owners having come forward to claim it, the Dalek now resides at a film and television memorabilia store in Exeter. Shop owner and Doctor Who enthusiast John Hadlow said:
    I felt so sorry for him being stuck in a school cupboard so I've brought him to the shop and he is stood next to the other Dalek. He is also going to have a bit of a refurb and be tidied up. No one has come forward to claim him since the appeal in the Echo so we can only assume he was dumped.

    If you have any information as where this Dalek may have come from, you can contact Detective Constable Prince at Exeter burglary team on 08452 777444.

    Yellow Dalek exclusive for Hastings EntertainmentBookmark and Share

    Monday, 27 September 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    Yellow Daleks!Yellow Daleks!
    Underground Toys have announced that entertainment store Hastings will be selling an exclusive Yellow Dalek action figure as part of a promotion that will run in association with BBC Worldwide.

    Stores in the North American chain will feature a special 6x4ft display unit to highlight key merchandise from Doctor Who.

    For more details, see the Undergound Toys and Hastings Entertainment websites.

    Sarah Jane Transmission DateBookmark and Share

    Friday, 24 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Sarah Jane AdventuresDoctor Who Magazine reports that The Sarah Jane Adventures will return to BBC Television on Monday 11th October 2010.

    The series will be shown twice each week, with episodes first being shown on CBBC on Mondays and Tuesdays before being repeated on BBC One on Thursdays and Fridays.

    Dates are subject to change and will be finalised the week before transmission.

    The Sarah Jane Adventures - Series Four.
    • 1: The Nightmare Man
    • by Joseph Lidster
    • 2: The Vault of Secrets
    • by Phil Ford
    • 3: Death of the Doctor
    • by Russell T Davies
    • 4: The Empty Planet
    • by Gareth Roberts
    • 5: Lost in Time
    • by Rupert Laight
    • 6: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
    • by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman

    Casting NewsBookmark and Share

    Thursday, 23 September 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Doctor Who: Surrane JonesThe official Doctor Who site has confirmed that former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones has been cast in the role of Idris in the third episode of the 2011 series of Doctor Who.

    Jones is best known for playing the role of Karen McDonald in ITV1's soap over a period of four years. She has also appeared in the detective drama series Vincent, and on the West End stage in A Few Good Men opposite Rob Lowe. Other roles include the London based black comedy, Dead Clever. In autumn 2007, she toured the UK in the play Terms of Endearment and she has recently appeared in a number of plays for BBC Radio 4. In January 2009, she appeared in Unforgiven, a three-part drama on ITV1, where she plays Ruth Slater, a woman released from prison after serving a 15-year prison sentence for the murder of two policemen.

    Last year Jones appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode, Lisa's Revenge playing the Mona Lisa.

    The third episode, which started filming this week is written by Neil Gaiman who said
    Suranne is marvellous. She's beautiful, funny and strange. It's the kind of role that people will remember forever, so we needed someone who was able to pull that off, and to keep up with Matt Smith. And bite him. Suranne does all three.

    Jones talked about how excited she was to be given the role.
    As an actor, it's hugely exciting to be cast in Doctor Who. I'm a massive fan of the show and I was blown away when I read Neil's script and uncovered what's in store for my character. I'm sworn to secrecy so viewers will just have to wait until next year to find out any other juicy details!