The BBC Torchwood Twitter account has announced that the current composer for Doctor Who, Murray Gold, will be returning to the series to compose music for Torchwood: Miracle Day.
The announcement was made via Twitter at 9:41pm BST on 31st March:
THIS JUST IN: The 'Doctor Who' veteran Murray Gold will be composing Torchwood: Miracle Day. BRILLIANT.
Gold co-wrote music with Ben Foster for the first two series of Torchwood with the music being performed by the National Orchestra of Wales. He has also composed music for the computer-animated film, Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil which is due for release on April 29, 2011.
The first ever issue of the Doctor Who Insider magazine launches in North America to coincide with the return of the new series.
In the first issue, there’s an exclusive interview with eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, plus Doctor Who production designer, Michael Pickwoad reveals how he built an entire new world for the holiday special.
Also in this issue:
Return of the Heroes The Fifth Doctor returns in a new trilogy of audio dramas, and in the first story he fights his old enemies, the Sontarans. We go behind-the-scenes to talk to the producers and writers of these brand new adventures and find out what’s in store for the Doctor and his companions.
I was... Chessene (of the Franzine Grig) - Jacqueline Pearce, best known as Servalan in Blake’s 7, recalls playing an alien Androgum opposite Doctors Two and Six – Patrick Troughton and Colin Baker, in 1985’s The Two Doctors.
Nexus Point We take a look at the memorable moment from Pyramids of Mars where the Fourth Doctor shows his companion Sarah what the Earth might look like if the evil Sutekh escapes his imprisonment.
Data File Who’s who and what’s what in the Doctor Who holiday special, A Christmas Carol.
Time Scoop Caught in the Time Scoop this issue are the Sontarans. We present a pictorial guide to the many appearances of the clone warriors over the years.
Merchandise Previews of the latest Doctor Who merchandise, including Kinda & Snakedance on DVD featuring mini interviews with Janet Fielding and Marc Platt; new talking books, The Jade Pyramid and The Gemini Contagion from AudioGO; author James Goss reveals his inspiration for his new novel, Dead of Winter; and we take a look at the latest action figure sets from Underground Toys.
Fan Zone A fantastic selection of pictures of fans posing with some well known Doctor Who celebrities, including Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Elisabeth Sladen. Plus photos of some fantastic Doctor Who inspired fan creations.
Plus the latest official news on the new series, and a giant, double-sided poster of the Eleventh Doctor and A Christmas Carol. Don’t miss the first issue of Doctor Who Insider. On sale in the US: Thursday April 7th 2011, priced $6.99. The magazine will be on sale in the UK on 6th May 2011.
Subscription to the magazine is available now via the International Media Service. UK readers can also subscribe to the magazine here.
Karen Gillan is to play Jean Shrimpton, one of the world's first supermodels, in a new biopic commissioned for BBC Four.
We'll Take Manhattan, written and directed by John McKay, explores the explosive love affair between photographer David Bailey and the sixties supermodel which developed during a wild and unpredictable 1962 Vogue photo shoot in New York. The drama brings to life the story of two young people falling in love, misbehaving, and inadvertently defining the style of the Sixties along the way.
The role will be Gillan's first leading role away from the series since she joined the cast of Doctor Who.
Jean Shrimpton is an icon of the Sixties and I am so excited to be playing somebody who had such a lasting impact on the fashion world. I can't wait to take on the challenge of bringing Jean and Bailey's fascinating love story to life. Sixties here I come.
Claire Parker of Kudos Film and Television, says:
In Jean, Bailey found someone that he and his camera fell in love with. We'll Take Manhattan captures the essence of their dynamic affair and how they unwittingly changed the face of a decade. We're delighted to have the opportunity to make another film for BBC Four and are thrilled to have Karen Gillan on board as Jean.
Filming starts in May. BBC Four has also recommissioned Dirk Gently, the adaptation of the late Douglas Adams novel.
The channel has ordered another three episodes of the drama based on the books by the former Doctor Who author and Script Editor, following the success of the pilot shown on the channel last December.
BBC Magazines have announced that the Doctor Who partwork magazine will launch in the UK in early May 2011, to coincide with the return of the new series. As previously reported, the magazine was due for release in April 2011.
Doctor Who: Monster Invasion is a new fortnightly partwork comprising of a magazine with collectable cards aimed at an 8-12 year old audience. Part one of Monster Invasion will retail at a promotional price of £1.50 (normal retail price is £2.60) and will contain: a magazine featuring an episode guide; an A-Z of monsters; an alien slamdown fold-out poster; two packs of cards; and the first section of a three-part giant poster. Parts two and three each come with one pack of cards; the first and second part of a collectable TARDIS storage box; and the remaining sections of the giant poster. Packs of the collectable ‘monster’ cards can also be purchased separately, priced £1.50.
BBC Magazines’ Head of Partworks, Ceri Murray, said:
There is a huge appetite among the pre-teen audience for the Doctor Who brand, as demonstrated by the success of our weekly Doctor Who Adventures magazine. Building on the success of Top Gear Turbo Challenge – our first ever partwork – Doctor Who: Monster Invasion gives fans the chance to learn more about the monsters from their favourite show through ‘collectables’, which are hugely popular with this age group.
The launch of Doctor Who: Monster Invasion follows a successful test in the West Country in 2010. It will be supported by a national TV advertising, print and online marketing campaign, an interactive website with games and point of sale promotions in 3,000 independent retailers.
Update (1st April): This competition is now officially closed and all the successful applicants have been contacted. [BBC Doctor Who]
The BBC are offering fans the chance to win tickets to see the fist two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who, The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon at an exclusive screening in London.
Be the First to See The Impossible Astronaut
The new series of Doctor Who begins at Easter but here's your chance to see the opening two episodes before everybody else!
We're giving away 30 pairs of tickets to an exclusive screening of The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon on Monday, 4 April, 2011 at a special venue in Central London. The screening starts at18:30 so please make sure you can arrive by 18:00. There's even a Question and Answer session following the episodes, so you might get the chance to ask the cast something you've always wanted to know.
You must be 16 years or olderto apply but if you're successful and are allocated a pair of tickets, there is no age restriction on your lucky guest. That means if you're under 16 and want to attend you could ask a parent or guardian to apply and if they're successful you've just got to persuade them to take you along!
Neither travel nor accommodation is included so you must be able to safely get to and from Central London. Please do not register your details if you think you cannot attend. You can read full terms and conditions here and we'll contact all successful applicants by telephone on Friday evening.
So what are you waiting for? Simply fill in the entry form and hit send! Only one application will be accepted per person and multiple applications will not be eligible for selection. Good luck!
The BBC have now released a full length, 60 second trailer for Doctor Who, which is available via their YouTube channel; the trailer introduces a mixture of clips and teasers for the forthcoming series due to commence this Easter.
The trailer was broadcast on the main BBC channels at 8:00pm in the evening (Wednesday) - however, there was a subtle difference between this and the online version in some regions, indicating that - like the teaser - there are (at least) two versions being broadcast!
In the online version at 24 seconds in, there a clip with the Doctor and crew by the "exploding console"; this was replaced in the broadcast version by a close-up of an alien, believed to be a Silent:
Unfortunately the BBC1 premier, shown just before Waterloo Road, suffered from a technical fault in several regions leading to a blank screen for the first twenty seconds or so.
Shortly after the trailer was released online, an announcement was made on the BBC Doctor Who website for a competition to win tickets to an exclusive screening of The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon in London on Monday, 4 April, 2011 at 6:30pm.
The artist Andrew Skilleter has launched a new website featuring much of his work on the Doctor Who range during the eighties and nineties.
Skilleter is best known for his prolific body of work on the Doctor Who Target range. Over a fifteen year period he provided cover artwork for around forty nine of the novelizations as well as working on feature books, video releases, calenders and prints.
In 1983 he designed the Radio Times cover for the Twentieth anniversary story The Five Doctors, the image also being used for the video release.
Away from Doctor Who he is an official Star Wars artist and provided a substantial body of work for Gerry Anderson creations, including Thunderbirds. The site features some of Skilleter's work in the new Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Narnia and Ruth Rendell galleries.
The website was set up by Skilleter in December 2010 and contains links to a calendar and archival prints of some of the many Target book covers as well as a section where you can buy original artwork.
BBC Australia and Roadshow Entertainment have launched a competition to give fans the change to win a trip to the UK to visit the Doctor Who Experience in the London. Visit bbcondvd.com.au/doctorwhoexperience for the entry form.
Step into the TARDIS and be part of the adventure!
To celebrate the release of Doctor Who: A Christmas Carolon DVD we’re giving you the chance to win a trip for 2 to the UK to visit the Doctor Who Experience!
Join the Doctor as his companion on a journey through time and space, encountering some of the best-loved and scariest monsters. Find yourself at the heart of the action of this fully contained interactive, exhilarating and unique walk-through experience and an awe-inspiring exhibition.
Two new Maxi Busts have been added to the Doctor Who Masterpiece Collection range by Titan Merchandise plus there are two new Forbidden Planet exclusive Doctor Who costumes t-shirts and new additions to the Dalek action figure collectors set.
Doctor Who Masterpiece Collection Maxi Busts These are beautifully-sculpted 8" Polystone maxi-busts
These beautifully-sculpted 8" maxi-busts capture Tom Baker's scarf-bedecked fourth Doctor at his mysterious, mercurial, enigmatic best (Release date: 16 October 2011); David Tennant's tenth Doctor in all his slender, sharp-suited dynamic glory (Release date: 26 September 2011) and Jon Pertwee's flamboyant third Doctor incarnation in his velvet-jacketed, bouffant-haired glory. (Sculpt subject to approval)
From the Earthshock story line, there is a beautifully-sculpted 8" maxi-bust of the classic Cyberman design which captures one of the Doctor's most notorious arch-enemies in all his heartless semi-robotic glory. (Release date: 30 July 2011) From the classic Blink episode, the maxi-bust of a Weeping Angel captures every detail of the Tenth Doctor's stone nemesis. (Sculpt subject to approval)
Doctor Who Costume T-shirts (Forbidden Planet Exclusives) Get started in the fashion stakes with this fantastic Forbidden Planet Exclusive T-Shirt designed to commemorate the Timelord's iconic outfit!
The whimsical seventh Doctor's wonderful waistcoat and the sixth Doctor's patchwork coat, cat pin and question mark lapels an be yours with these amazing printed t-shirts! (Pending license approval & subject to change)
the fifth Doctor's cream-coloured frock coat, cricket jumper and iconic question mark lapels, and the fourth Doctor's waistcoat, frock coat, and, most famously, his amazing multicoloured scarf t-shirts are out now!
Dalek Action Figure Collectors Set Only available for sale in the UK and Ireland.
The Genesis set includes Davros and 2 variant Daleks along with the fourth Doctor in his dufflecoat. - Release date: 15 April 2011
The Destiny set includes the fourth Doctor, Davros, and two Gray Daleks variants. - Release date: 16 May 2011
The Revelation includes Davros, a Necros Dalek, a Skaro Dalek and the sixth Doctor in his blue mourning cloak. - Release date: 05 April 2011
A quieter fortnight in terms of news filtering out from the ongoing production of Miracle Day - at this point, principle photography was taking place on episode five, with production meetings taking place for episodes seven and eight. However, public announcements over the course of the two weeks more than made up for quieter set reporting!
Last week saw the first official poster released by Starz for Miracle Day, announcing the launch date in the United States for Friday 8th July 2011, with a press release indicating the time as 10pm ET/PT. The United Kingdom broadcast date is yet to be confirmed, but is widely expected to be close to the the same date.
However, publicity photos have yet to be released for the series, though shoots for these took place in Swansea (28th January) and in Los Angeles (5th March). It seems likely that the publicity engine will kick into full gear at the MIPTV Media Market in Cannes on Monday 4th April; as previously reported, the show is one of several being showcased at the event, with principle stars John Barrowman and Bill Pullman there to help with promotion, alongside executive producer Julie Gardner.
The press release for this event also indicates that the series will consist of ten 50 minute episodes.
Another name associated with the new series is Olivia Hallinan; listed on IMDB as playing "Emma / Kate Dysart", the actress has appeared in Torchwood before in the Series One episode Out of Time, where she played Emma-Louise Cowell, the only time traveller from that story to continue her life in the present day. However, there has been no official confirmation of the actress's casting, or if "Emma" is indeed the same character.
Production-wise, the BBC Production Office reported that special effects and makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero had joined the production team; previous television projects include The Walking Dead, The Pacific and Deadwood, and films like Predators, Surrogates, Sin City and Kill Bill Vols 1+2.
Times cited within reports below are in Los Angeles local time.
Monday 14th March
Back to the beach! The production returned to Venice Beach for further filming during the day, this time along Westminster Avenue; scenes involved John Barrowman, Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havins, with action including Rex being taken away in the back of an ambulance.
Jeremy Burleson was visiting the beach that day and saw some of the activity, even ending up in the background for a shot!
14:56 At this movie shoot on Venice Beach!!!!!!!! Wow 14:57 Literally at a Movie shoot right now. 15:01 They bout to start filmin. 15:11 Mann!! We get to be In the Background of this movie.. 15:16 Torch 1.. 16:31 Naww its a Tv Show 17:16 haha naww it was some white actors.. We was in the background tho 21:21 I still can't believe we got to be in the Background of this TV show they was filming in LA today.
At this TV shoot in Los Angeles (via TwitVid) (note: some browsers may need to right-click, "reload frame" to see video)
Other filming-related tweets include:
14:11 CF Walking down Venice and ran into the #Torchwood team filming a scene there! So random and cool :) 15:18 SBA I just went to get coffee on westminster in venicebeach venice beach #losangeles and walking into the torchwood Scifi set filming today lol 16:55 BBC We're having our first spotting session for Episode #1 RIGHT NOW! While the crew films at the beach. Here's to great Mondays. 17:09 AS Life's a beach. http://twitpic.com/49kgv3
Photos from the shoot were also published of the cast members by the Visual Press Agency, and may be seen via Padabee.
Tuesday 15th March - Friday 18th March
Documentation reported that filming would be taking place at Angels Gate Park at San Pedro for the rest of the week, though little was to be heard of the crew whilst there, Kai Owen also indicated further work at Venice Beach on Wednesday, though of course he could just have visited as a tourist!
Jane Espensonrevealed on Tuesday that Brad Bell, aka "Cheeks", would be guesting on the show; an artist who experiments in the world of music, art and the media, he has become a popular icon on the Internet. This will be one of his first television roles.
On Wednesday the BBC Production Officereported that Greg Nicotero was on board to build an alien for the show - the first indication that there is more to the mysterious 'immortality' that pervades the 'Miracle Day' than meets the eye!
Tweets over the next couple of days:
15 18:17 KO Beautiful LA evening off out for a burger and beers with @natiejay. 16 10:32 WK Finished Shooting Torchwood in L.A. and its a buuuuzzz. I feel this is my best role since Nedry. Your in for a treat folks! watch this space 16 12:02 NS Working background on Torchwood today. But we talk about Doctor Who, not Torchwood. 16 16:03 AF Torchwood tomorrow! 17 01:03 AF Ah, but you shall not see me for I be but a stand-in. :) 16 18:50 KO Been down Venice Beach today! Crazy place. 16 20:11 ST Crazy busy day Started on location two hours away Raced back to WB for fitting with JB,new ep to break down, budget meetings I <3 my job :-) 16 20:13 ST Late call tomorrow so I get to drive my kids to school. Bonus :-) 16 20:52 BBC Looks like tomorrow is the start of our late night shooting. Team Torchwood, nocturnal entertainment like you've never seen before...
Back in Week Five, Shawna Trpcic posted this photo via Twitpic of a 'mystery man' posing alongside herself and John Barrowman. Filming on the day (11th February) had revolved around a bar, with the storyline reported of Jack picking up a barman for the evening. The man of mystery has now been revealed as actor Dillon Casey, who talked about his experiences with Torchwood and John Barrowman in his blogging video:
Living in LA With Dillon Casey! Episode 7: Gay Day! (via Funny or Die)
As reported above, night shoots were on the way, with schedules indicating long production days of 09:00-04:00 (17th) and 09:00-05:00 (18th), the final evening this week assuming its usual 'Fraturday' designation!
17 21:45 ST Moulin rouge inspiration 17 22:48 ST A visiting DP asked us to cover red soles of shoes huh... Any one know why NOT! 17 23:25 JE Production meeting in the morning. So it's time to put what's left of the pies back in the fridge and close my eyes. Z! 18 09:43 ST Concept meeting with @JaneEspenson and the dept heads for episode 8. This show is amazing!! 18 12:01 AS Tree trimming outside my hotel room at 8am (on the morning I get to sleep in) makes me not a very happy camper. Happy Friday!
After late nights, it's early calls for next week!
19 07:37 ST Monday call for 3 of my crew is 4:30am @ location 2 hours away rest of us in at 6:42am we r shooting in rain possibly laced w/ radiation :-/ 19 07:37 ST Love my job though. :-)
Monday 21st March
Monday saw filming return (according to schedules) to Angels Gate Park, with Brad Bell filming his first scene and rumours of Greg Nicotero's creation being on set too!
"Arriving at location. So pretty!" - Jane Espenson, via Twitpic
06:08 BB Long drive. Rain. Aliens. 06:28 JE Arriving at location. So pretty! 06:41 JE Luckily, California is not playing the role of Wales today. 07:47 JE Rumors of more rain on the way. But right now, #torchwood set is dry and dramatic. And cheeky. 09:07 JE Torchwood shooting going so well. Ep 5 hits hard. 10:06 JE Pouring rain can't dampen our torchthusiasm! 10:39 AS Omfg... Seriously, miserable does not begin to describe this. 11:08 BB The set is incredible! ...and drenched. Shot my scene with @Mekhi_Phifer. Awesomely nice dude. Chatting w/ Alexa Havins. Trying to stay dry. 11:13 BB You're gonna DIE for the new season! It's unreal! So excited for the fans & as a fan, I'm quite excited to see it myself! 11:26 BB Already asked what I could share. "The fans are gonna wanna know!" Answer: Top Secret. Gotta wait til summer... 13:06 ST Wow @JaneEspenson LOVE!! The rewrites on episode 7. Really really love it. Wow. Powerful stuff! 13:12 JE Thank you much @Trpcic ! The last polish was the work of RTD, and it put the frosting on it. I'm so proud of it!
Tuesday 22nd March
Tuesday was another quiet day, believed again to be the park; meanwhile, plans for the next photoshoot for Captain Jack were also unveiled ...
10:29 KO Just been for a run around the park. Great way to start the day. 16:43 BBC We can't say who yet but we're prepping for some serious publicity for tomorrow's shoot. We're finally all back on the lot! 18:07 JE We are sharing the writing credit on episode ten. It's still very much his baby-- he'll do all the final writing on it. 18:10 ST One crew working 5am to 5pm one crew working 3pm to 3am. And a promo shoot with Captain Jack headed for a TV near you. Busy costume dept :-)
Wednesday 23rd March
Today it was reported that filming would be taking place at the Alexandria Hotel, though the famous iconic site may have been used for the Captain Jack promotional shoot mentioned on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Jane Espenson further elaborated on Russell T Davies's importance to the show:
12:46 Torchwood does not require prepping with Doctor Who. 13:37 Jane Espenson: It's Russell's show. I'm just riding on top and enjoying the breeze! 14:14 Worry not. Original producers with hands firmly on wheel. Feels like same show.
And of course, todsy was when Starz unveiled the launch date for Miracle Day for the United States - 107 days and counting!
Back to the backlot it seems, and at least Kai Owensounded happy: "On set today with some fine WELSH talent."
Meanwhile, production meetings continued apace:
13:35 BBC Production meeting for Episode 7 happening upstairs! @JaneEspenson it sounds fun up there what's happening?? 13:54 JE @BBC_Torchwood it IS fun! Ironing out all the production details for eps 7 and 8. 14:16 BBC A look inside our production meeting! #Torchwood. Going to set, will report with more news soon.
Plenty of faces to recognise around that table!
Onto Friday, and two views from Torchwoodland, courtesy of Shawna Trpcic:
View outside torchwood offices misty California morning. Photo: Shawna Trpcic, via Twitpic
Sunset near the Torchwood set. Photo: Shawna Trpcic, via Twitpic
08:08 All TW offices are in "houses" that are used on lot as sets. 14:06 Wow running like wild today, 2 units costumes in every one. Background as well as actors all new. My cutter/fitter is going crazy Sew sew sew 21:18 1st and 2nd units still shooting. Been here since 6:30 I'm starting to drag :-) waiting to move on to next big scene to establish new looks 00:18 JB is awesome!! 00:21 Still going @Team_Barrowman just encouraged the crew got applause
Key to initials: AF - Allyson Floyd (stand-in); AS - Alana Stone (fashion designer); BB - Brad Bell; BBC - BBC Torchwood (production office); CF - Chrissie Fit; JE - Jane Espenson (writer); KO - Kai Owen (Rhys); NS - Nick Salter; SBA - SB Arts TV; ST - Shawna Trpcic (costume designer); WK - Wayne Knight
For Week 12, Cris D'Annunzioreported that he would have a guest role on the series. And Kai Owen has suggested that next week he'll be joined by his 'partner in crime', Tom Price:
18:55 @pricetom looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday mate.
And finally, to whet our appetites: "Monday morning beautiful sunny day. All is peaceful as we shoot and continue to prep biggest ep yet ..."
The BBC have launched a new competition which gives a team of UK primary school children the chance to write their own Doctor Who mini-adventure starring the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. The competition, produced by BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential is for school children aged 9 to 11 years who will be encouraged to collaborate on a three-minute script that takes the Time Lord on a new quest travelling through space and time inside the TARDIS. The winners will travel to the BBC's studios in Cardiff where they will see their script brought to life by the Doctor Who team and cast, including Matt Smith. Doctor Who Confidential will take viewers behind the scenes to show how the script gets developed from paper to television screen – from the first script meeting, a cast read-through, on-set filming... all the way to the final edit. Saul Nassé, Controller of BBC Learning, said:
Doctor Who is loved by children across the UK, and I can think of no better programme to inspire the next generation of story tellers. The Script to Screen competition is a fantastic way for children to learn new writing skills, whether or not they are winners. We are delighted that the stellar cast and crew of Doctor Who are on board for this journey of learning through time and space."
The script must feature Matt Smith as The Doctor, and can include one of four aliens from the show: Ood, Judoon, Cyberman or Weeping Angel, as well as a brand new human character to test the wits of the Doctor. Tailored learning resources will be available on the BBC Learning website to help guide teachers and pupils through the process. Head writer at Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, will also offer his expert advice and helpful tips on how to pull together a stand-out script with memorable characters.
Doctor Who made me want to write. It made me fall in love in television, script-writing and storytelling, and led me by the hand to the best job in the world. It also made me want to defend the Earth from aliens but that hasn't come up so often. I know the power this show has to set young imaginations alight, because I've lived it, so I'm incredibly excited to be involved in this project. Plus it's never too early to start looking for your replacement.
The winning script will be chosen by Steven Moffat, Saul Nassé and executive producers of Doctor Who, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis. Full details of how to enter the competition, with the judging criteria and terms and conditions will be available on bbc.co.uk/teachers from 20 April 2011. Downloadable BBC Learning resources will be available from 23 April 2011 and the closing date for entries Monday 13 June 2011.
TV Tonight blog reports Torchwood: Miracle Day will be fast-tracked to Australia on UKTV Australia in early July, immediately following its global premiere on Starz.
Jana Bennett, the new President for BBC Worldwide Networks and Global iPlayer, said:
Torchwood: Miracle Day is a courageous and exciting piece of drama which will resonate with audiences all over the world. I’m genuinely delighted that Torchwood will add to UKTV’s compelling selection of first-run drama in 2011.
Julie Dowding, Sales Director for BBC Worldwide Australia, added:
Torchwood: Miracle Day is set to be one of the most exciting dramas we’ve brought to Australia this year. UKTV audiences and Torchwood fans alike are in for a huge treat with this latest chapter from Captain Jack and the team.