Next Time: The Curse of the Black SpotBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
As reported earlier in the week, the BBC have now released a "prequel" for next week's episode, The Curse of the Black Spot, featuring a journal entry from the Captain of the good ship Fancy (played by Hugh Bonneville):

Prequel: Curse of the Black Spot, BBC, via BBC Website

In addition, the episode trailer is now available to watch, alongside the "Next Time" trailer from this week's episode, Day of the Moon:

Trailer: Curse of the Black Spot, BBC, via BBC Website and YouTube

Next Time: Curse of the Black Spot, BBC, via BBC Website

The Curse of the Black Spot will premiere on BBC1/BBC1HD at 6:15pm, 7th May in the United Kingdom; then follows on SPACE in Canada at 8:00pm ET, BBC America in the United States at 9:00pm ET, and on ABC1 in Australia at 7:30pm on the 14th May.

The TARDIS is marooned onboard a 17th-century pirate ship whose crew is being attacked by a mysterious and beautiful sea creature, as the time-travelling drama continues.

Becalmed and beset by cabin fever, the pirates have numerous superstitious explanations for the Siren's appearance. The Doctor has other ideas but, as his theories are disproved and every plan of escape is thwarted, he must work to win the trust of the implacable Captain Avery and uncover the truth behind the pirates' supernatural fears – and he must work quickly, for some of his friends have already fallen under the Siren's spell...


Matt Smith - CameramanBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a small clip from tonight's Doctor Who Confidential which features Matt Smith demonstrating his prowess with a portable camera!

Matt Smith in the White House, BBC, via YouTube
(no spoilers for the episode are in the video)

Doctor Who Confidential is on tonight on BBC Three and BBC HD at 7:00pm.

Meanwhile, BBC America released the fifth in their series of online behind-the-scenes features; this edition of Doctor Who Insider is entitled On The Set:
Go deep behind-the-scenes of the Cardiff, Wales set of the new season of Doctor Who - and see the cast like never before. Featuring exclusive interviews with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill plus Executive Producer/Lead Writer Steven Moffat.

Doctor Who Insider: On The Set, BBC America, via YouTube

MonopolyBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Monopoly is about to have a Doctor Who makeover this summer, with Hasbro releasing a version of the long-lived board game dedicated to the Time Lord.

Listed by Forbidden Planet, the game is limited to 5000 copies, and will feature "all your favourite heroes, villains, monsters, planets and places."

It is due to be released on 1st August 2011.

New Doctor Who/Torchwood TeasersBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Today saw the BBC release two trailers featuring clips from the new series of Doctor Who and Torchwood!

The first trailer aired after the morning coverage of the Royal Wedding showcasing popular BBC shows to the tune Bring Me Sunshine, popularised and sung by comedy duo Morecambe and Wise; captioned When it's worth watching, watch it with us, as well as Doctor Who and Torchwood the trailer featured classic shows like One Foot in the Grave, the aforementioned Morecambe and Wise and Only Fools and Horses, and more recent shows such as Gavin and Stacey, Merlin and Sherlock.

The second trailer aired after this evening's edition of The One Show, and focused on a number of shows that will be broadcast over the course of the summer; captioned Original British Drama, shows covered included The Shadow Line (with Christopher Eccleston), Exile (with John Simm), The Night Watch (with Michael Gambon and Bill Nighy), Luther (with Paul McGann), and of course Doctor Who and Torchwood.

No date was given for when Torchwood would be broadcast, though it is expected in July 2011.

Coming Soon: The Curse of the Black Spot PrequelBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Following on from the first "prequel" for The Impossible Astronaut, the BBC have announced the second of their mini-episode preludes, this time providing an introduction to episode three, The Curse of the Black Spot, due to be broadcast on 7th May.

The full prequel will be available from here and the BBC website on 6:45pm Saturday, straight after the conclusion to Day of the Moon.

Coming Soon: The Curse of the Black Spot Prequel, BBC, via BBC iplayer

The Game of Rassilon!Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC's Doctor Who website have launched a new quiz, entitled The Game of Rassilon.

Legends tell of a Time Lord challenge that would test the guile, intelligence and fortune of those brave enough to step forward. The challenge was known as The Game of Rassilon.

The Time Lords may be near to extinction and Gallifrey consigned to history, but after centuries in abeyance the game will be soon be resurrected...

The quiz features clips, images, exclusive new footage with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, plus other members of the cast and crew. It is aimed to test the player's knowledge on Doctor Who, with different questions every time, and themed around the episode on television that week (currently The Impossible Astronaut).

The game can be played here.

Timeout: Easter Collectible Cover OfferBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster

To celebrate the return of Doctor Who, last week's Timeout London (21-27 April) published six different covers depicting the characters from The Impossible Astronaut - previewed in that issue - plus interviews with the stars and head writer Steven Moffat.

The magazine is now offering all six covers online worldwide as a collectors set, which can bought via their Timeout Shop.

Previously, the magazine celebrated Doctor Who in December 2009, when it published covers for each the ten Doctors that had played the role to date.

Who to Watch tomorrow!Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Tomorrow sees several channels dedicated to coverage of the Royal Wedding; however, as an alternative, you could always experience the first few adventures of the Ninth Doctor instead, with digital channel Watch broadcasting Rose, The End of the World, Aliens of London/World War 3, The Long Game and Father's Day from 10:00am!

Alternatively, you can watch The Doctor gate-crash a different wedding in the morning, with the CBBC channel broadcasting the compilation version of The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith between 9:00-10:00am!

Doctor Who Experience: Royal Wedding OfferBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Experience have made a special offer on tickets available in celebration of the Royal Wedding taking place tomorrow - for Friday 29th April only, tickets can be purchased for just £4.29 (plus fees)!

Tickets may booked from the Experience website, and are subject to availability.


The Doctor's Wife - Press DetailsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 April 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released press details for episode four of the current series, The Doctor's Wife, written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark
Doctor Who: The Doctor's WifeThe Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family, as the time-travelling drama continues.

The Doctor, Amy and Rory are given the warmest of welcomes by Auntie, Uncle and Nephew. But the beautiful and insane Idris greets them in a more unusual fashion – what is she trying to tell the Doctor? As the Doctor investigates, he unwittingly puts his friends in the gravest danger.

The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Amy by Karen Gillan, Rory by Arthur Darvill and Idris by Suranne Jones.

The programme is due to be broadcast in the UK on Saturday 14th May at a time to be confirmed next week.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed that the UK Broadcast of Episode Three: The Curse of the Black Spot will be at the slightly later time of 6.15pm. It will again be sandwiched between Don't Scare the Hare and So You think You Can Dance. ITV1 will show New People Do the Funniest Things.

The Hand of Fear to be repeatedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Radio Times have reported that The Hand of Fear is to be broadcast as a tribute to the late Elisabeth Sladen; the story was her last appearance as series regular Sarah Jane Smith alongside Tom Baker's portrayal as The Doctor.

The story will be broadcast on BBC4, with parts one and two on at 7:40pm and 8:05pm respectively on Monday 9th, and parts three and four in the same timeslots the following evening.

Episode details may be found both on the Radio Times and from our own Doctor Who Guide.

Impossible Astronaut scores AI of 88Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: Impossible AstronautDoctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut, scored an Appreciation Index figure of 88, one of the highest figures of the weekend.

The Appreciation Index, or AI figures is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. It is a score out of 100 based on responses from a 5,000 strong panel.

The score is the joint highest ever received for a series opener, Smith and Jones also scored 88. Last year only two episodes managed a score of 88 or above. Only Lewis on ITV1 scored higher over the weekend, with the show preceding Doctor Who, Don't Scare the Hare receiving one of the lowest scores on record, 46.

In a measure of how successful Doctor Who was over the weekend, no programme on Sunday managed to get more than 6 million watching, including Coronation Street which had 5.9 million viewers; this means Doctor Who remains in 13th position for the week, one which will rise when final figures are released.

David Tennant's performance in United had an audience of 3.2 million on BBC Two/BBC HD.

BAFTA nomination for Matt SmithBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 - Reported by Anthony Weight
Matt Smith has been nominated for the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Actor for his performance as the Eleventh Doctor in the 2010 series of Doctor Who - the first time in the programme's history that one of its leads has been nominated for this prestigious award. He is up against Benedict Cumberbatch (for BBC One's Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss), former Comic Relief Doctor Jim Broadbent (for Channel 4's Any Human Heart) and Daniel Rigby (for BBC Two biopic Eric and Ernie).

The BAFTA Awards are the most prestigious awards given in the British television industry, analogous to the Primetime Emmy Awards in the United States. The winners of most of the categories, including the one in which Smith is nominated, are decided by a jury of industry experts. Doctor Who last triumphed at the main ceremony in 2006, when the first season of the new series, starring Christopher Eccleston, won the Best Drama Series category, and the programme also took home the viewer-voted Audience Award, and Russell T Davies was given the honorary Dennis Potter Award for achievement in television writing. The 2008 series, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, was also nominated for the Best Drama Series category at the 2009 awards, but lost out to BBC One's British version of Wallander.

The series and its personnel have, however, won several awards at the BAFTA Cymru and BAFTA Craft Awards ceremonies since Doctor Who returned to the screens in 2005, including the Best Writer Award for Steven Moffat in 2008. The winners of this year's main BAFTA Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 22nd May, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. BBC News has a report on the nominations.

Record Ratings for BBC America and SPACEBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: BBC AmericaBBC Worldwide have revealed that the series premier of Doctor Who broke new records for BBC America giving the channel its highest-rated, most-watched telecast ever in Live + Same Day ratings.

Altogether Doctor Who delivered almost 1.3 million viewers in the states, a rise of 71,000 viewers over last season’s opening episode The Eleventh Hour.

The channel also notes
  • Viewership across all of BBC America's Doctor Who YouTube content reached an all-time high of 3.5 million views.
  • The official debut of Doctor Who on Tumblr reached over 10,000 followers in two weeks.
  • Doctor Who is currently the number 1 TV series on the iTunes store.
  • pulled in its largest traffic ever. On its best day, Saturday, April 23, 74% of users were new visitors to the site.

Meanwhile across the border on SPACE, a record 538,000 total viewers watched the premier in Canada, up 3% over the previous most-watched Doctor Who episode, making The Impossible Astronaut the most-watched SPACE broadcast this year.

The premiere also broke records among several key demographics including Adults 18-49 (up 7% with 292,000 viewers); Women 25-54 (up 50% with 111,000 viewers); and Women 18-49 (up 62% with 114,000 viewers).