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Site Editor: Shaun Lyon

News Feature Editors:
Bill Albert, Nathan Baron, Jeremy Bement, Stephen Blake, Arnold T Blumberg, Jack Borrett, John Bowman, Jarrod Cooper, Kenny Davidson, Michael Doran, Benjamin F Elliott, Chuck Foster, Paul Hayes, Matt 'Marcus' Hilton, Adam Kirk, Michael Regina,
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Series Three

Full details on Series Three; click on the box to expand the listing. Note: may include spoilers!

Produced by BBC Wales
David Tennant (The Doctor)
Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones)
Executive Producers:
Russell T Davies and
Julie Gardner
Produced by Phil Collinson and Susie Liggat
1: Smith and Jones
Writer: Russell T Davies
Director: Charles Palmer
Cast: Adjoa Andoh (Francine Jones), Trevor Laird (Clive Jones), Anne Reid (Florence), Roy Marsden (Mr. Stoker), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones), Reggie Yates (Leo Jones)
The Doctor faces the dreaded Judoon, intergalactic alien stormtroopers who have transported a hospital to the moon... including the young Martha Jones.
2: The Shakespeare Code
Writer: Gareth Roberts
Director: Charles Palmer
Cast: Dean Lennox Kelley (William Shakespeare), Christina Cole (Lilith), Jalaal Hartley (Dick), Sam Marks (Kemp)
Shakespeare gives the performance of his life to save the Earth from destruction at the hands of fearsome flying witches.
3: Gridlock
Writer: Russell T Davies
Director: Richard Clarke
Cast: Ardal O'Hanlon (Thomas Kincade Brannigan), Jennifer Hennesy (Valerie)
The Doctor returns to New Earth, and encounters the Face of Boe again.
4: Daleks in Manhattan
5: Evolution of the Daleks
Writer: Helen Raynor
Director: James Hawes
Cast: Hugh Quarshie (Solomon), Miranda Raison (Showgirl), Ryan Carnes, Andrew Garfield, Eric Loren, Flik Swann, Alexis Caley, Earl Perkins, Peter Brooke, Ian Porter
Two-part story
The Doctor and Martha visit New York in the 1930s... and run into an experiment by the Daleks to disrupt the fabric of time!
6: The Lazarus Experiment
Writer: Stephen Greenhorn
Director: Richard Clarke
Cast: Thelma Barlow (Lady Thaw), Mark Gatiss (Dr. Lazarus)
The famed scientist Dr. Lazarus may have developed the fountain of youth!
7: 42
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Graeme Harper
Cast: Michelle Collins (McDonnell), William Ash (Riley), Anthony Flanagan (Scannell), Matthew Chambers (Korwin), Vinette Robinson (Lerner), Gary Powell (Ashton), Rebecca Oldfield (Erina)
The Doctor and Martha visit a spaceship in a distant part of the galaxy.
8: Human Nature
9: Family of Blood
Writer: Paul Cornell
Director: Charles Palmer
Cast: Jessica Stevenson (Joan), Harry Lloyd (Jeremy Baines), Thomas Sangster (Tim Latimer), Tom Palmer (Hutchinson), Pip Torrens (Rocastle), Rebekah Staton (Jenny), Gerard Horan (Clark), Lauren Wilson (Lucy Cartwright), Matthew White (Phillips)
Two-part story
The Doctor settles down to lead a normal life in a boarding school, in an adaptation of Cornell's novel "Human Nature".
10: Blink
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Hettie MacDonald
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Lucy Gaskell, Michael Obiora, Finlay Robertson, Ian Boldsworth, Richard Cant
A Doctor Who horror story!
11: Utopia
Writer: Russell T Davies
Director: Graeme Harper
Cast: John Barrowman (Jack Harkness), Derek Jacobi (The Professor), Rene Zagger, Chipo Chung, Neil Reidman, Paul Marc Davis
The TARDIS goes to the planet Malcassairo... where a lonely and patient professor is giving his all to save his people from extinction.
12: The Sound of Drums
13: Last of the Time Lords
Writer: Russell T Davies
Director: Colin Teague
Cast: John Simm (Saxon), John Barrowman (Jack Harkness), Nichola McAuliffe, Alexandra Moen, Ellie Haddington, Elize Du Toit, Nicholas Gecks, Colin Stinton, Natasha Alexander, Tom Golding, Olivia Hill, Daniel Ming
Two-part story
The last of the Time Lords? Maybe. Then again, maybe not...
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Second Flight
Sarah Jane Update
Spinoffs
June 4, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Magazine has announced the writers for the first series of Sarah Jane Adventures. Adventures One and Four will be written by Gareth Roberts, Adventures Two and Five by Phil Ford, and Adventure Three by Phil Gladwin. While there is no script by Russell T Davies, he remains executive producer.

Producer Matthew Bouch also commented on the casting of Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langerl.
"We auditioned far and wide for the final member of Sarah Jane's team, and Daniel just walked it at his audition. He's thrown himself into it, and is already an expert at running away from monsters!"
Torchwood debuts in Australia on 18 June
Broadcasting
June 4, 2007  •  Posted By Adam Kirk
Channel Ten have confirmed reports from the South Australian Doctor Who Fan Club that Torchwood will make its Australian debut on Monday 18 June 2007 at 9.30pm, following Supernatural.

Aussie fans will be busy in June with The Runaway Bride confirmed by the ABC to debut on Thursday 28 June at 8.35pm. Series three has also been confirmed to debut on the ABC in the regular Saturday 7.30pm timeslot on 30 June (Warning: ABC links have major spoilers!).

Thanks to the SADWFC and Martin Dunne.
Colin Baker Blog
Online
June 4, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The thoughts of the Sixth Doctor are now available online via the Colin Baker fansite colinbakeronline.com

Baker has agreed to post regular blogs under the title Thoughts of a Timelord. The first one, posted Sunday, talks about his current UK tour of Bedroom Farce along with previous companion Louise Jameson

The fansite aims to keep up to date with all of Colin Baker's activities, both past and present. There is also a guide to Colin's hit BBC series from the 1970's The Brothers.
Family of Blood - AI
Broadcasting
June 4, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The Family of Blood received an Appreciation Index, or AI, figure of 86. This figure once more puts the programme in the 'excellent' category, and makes it the joint most appreciated show of the day.
Sunday Night Ratings
Broadcasting
June 4, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The BBC3 repeat of Episode Nine, The Family of Blood was watched by 0.72 million viewers, a 3.9% share of the audience. This made it the top rated multichannel programme of the day, beating the second placed Supernatural by 170,000 viewers.

With figures now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the fifteenth most watched programme, sitting just below Heartbeat and Midsomer Murders.

Final figures will be released by BARB in around nine days time.
BBC refutes cancellation rumour
TV Series News
June 3, 2007  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
The following has been reported by United Press International:
LONDON, June 1 (UPI) -- The BBC dismissed rumors that the popular British show Doctor Who would be axed as "idle speculation."

Filming is scheduled to begin for the fourth season of the BBC Wales-produced program next week and BBC executives said they have a long-term commitment to the award-winning program, the Western Mail reported Friday.

Speculation was high that writer Russell T. Davies, who revived Doctor Who in 2005, was scrapping the show to concentrate on other projects. Davies and other senior staff working on the series were said to be thinking about handing in their resignations, news reports indicated.

"We are a long way away from even thinking about series five when the current series hasn't ended and we have yet to start filming series four. But the BBC has a long-term commitment to Doctor Who," the program's creators said in a statement.
Family of Blood - Overnight Ratings
Broadcasting
June 3, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Unofficial overnight figures show that Episode Nine, The Family of Blood, was watched by 6.6 million viewers, making it the most watched programme of Saturday.

With a share of 39.1% of the total viewers, the programme was top by audience and by share, narrowly beating Any Dream Will Do.

It out-rated its direct opposition on ITV1, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, which achieved 4.1 million viewers.

The children's audience was 1.4 million, making it by far the highest-rated show of the week with 4-15 year olds, with a share of 62.6%.

With one day to go the programme currently stands at number 12 in the week's top programmes.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential received a rating of 0.54 million viewers, which was a 3.6% share of the audience. This made it the most watched multichannel programme of the day.
Week Ten Schedule
Broadcasting
June 2, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who stays at its new regular time of 7.10pm for the transmission of this year's Doctor lite episode, Blink. The programme is once again sandwiched between The Peoples Quiz and the The National Lottery Draws.

The BBC1 line up later includes the final of the search for a star series Any Dream Will Do where John Barrowman will help the public decide who take the title role in the new West End production of Joseph.

The main opposition ITV1 pits John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John up against the Doctor when it shows the 1978 feature film Grease as a prelude to its own final of the talent show Grease is the Word.

On BBC2 viewers can get their culture fix with The Culture Show looking at the reopening of the Royal Festival Hall after a two-year refit while Channel 4 continues with Lie Lab looking at New lie-detection technology. Channel 5 once more offers Cricket on Five with the best of the third day's action from Old Trafford.
Human Nature Ebook Returns
Online
June 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Doctor Who homepage has placed Human Nature by Paul Cornell back on its Ebook page complete with new features.
Although we've been resting it for a while (so newcomers wouldn't be tempted to find out how it all ends in between TV episodes), the Human Nature ebook is back.

Our version of Paul Cornell's classic Seventh Doctor tale still contains extensive notes from the author, plus all of Daryl Joyce's original artwork - but we've take the opportunity to pimp it up a bit.

As well as smartening up the presentation, we've also created downloadable versions that you can read on all sorts of PDAs, Pocket PCs and mobile phones.

Best of all, Paul has written a brand new article, revealing how he adapted the novel into the televised version.
Friday Night Ratings
Broadcasting
June 2, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The Friday repeat of episode eight, Human Nature, was watched by 289,000 viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures. This was a 1.6% of the multichannel audience.
Series 4 Writers Announced
TV Series News
June 1, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Magazine has announced the writers for Doctor Who Series 4. Helen Raynor and Steven Moffat are both back, each penning a two-part story for the season. Joining them are returning writers Gareth Roberts, Tom MacRae, and Stephen Greenhorn, with an episode each. Writing their first episodes for the series are James Moran and Keith Temple. Russell T Davies will be writing 4 episodes plus the Christmas Special.

More details are available in Doctor Who Magazine 383, available at newsstands throughout the UK and specialist dealers around the world.
Storybook 2008 Update
Merchandise
May 31, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Magazine has announced some of the more details for the Doctor Who Storybook 2008. Authors for this 80-page hardback summer release include Gareth Roberts (The Body Bank), Tom MacRae (Cats and Dogs), Robert Shearman (The Box Under the Tree), Justin Richards (Kiss of Life), Nicholas Briggs (The Iron Circle), Nicholas Pegg (Deep Water), and Paul Magrs (Zombie Motel). The comic strip for the book is Sunscreen, written by Jonathan Morris and with art by Martin Geraghty. Other artists for the book include Brian Williamson, Andy Walker, Adrian Salmon, Ben Willsher, and with Alister Pearson doing the cover.
Audience data - Season Three
Broadcasting
May 31, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Ratings data seen by Outpost Gallifrey shows just how well Series Three is doing compared to the average drama on British television.

As well as collating the Appreciation Index, the BBC collects data on how audiences perceived programmes and asks a number of questions.

When asked if they made a special effort to watch, around 80% of the audience said they did, way above the average. Around 70% said they watched with a lot of attention and around 60% said the show felt original and different.

The programme also scored highly on the characters and storyline. It only scored lower than the drama average on whether people thought they learned something new.

Data is also available showing which audience groups rated the programme higher. So far this series females gave a higher mark than males and the programme was enjoyed most by those in the 35-54 age group. The highest regional rating comes from Wales.

For full details follow the link to the forum.
Davies media speculation
Press Clips
May 31, 2007  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
MediaGuardian.co.uk, the media news-focused section of The Guardian newspaper's website, has today run a story (subscription link) by reporter Ben Dowell speculating about the possible future of Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies.

The piece, in reponse to a story published in this morning's edition of the tabloid newspaper The Sun, contains a quote from an unnamed "BBC drama spokeswoman", stating that: "Discussions have not begun so we cannot say if Russell will be involved or not" with Doctor Who beyond the end of the fourth series in 2008.

However, the report specifically denies The Sun's story that Davies and other staff on the show have a plan to end the programme at the conclusion of the fourth series. MediaGuardian quotes another source, a similarly unnamed "senior BBC Wales drama source", as telling them that:

"Russell has always said that he wouldn't be with the show forever and he has made no secret that the hours are quite exhausting... But there isn't any way it would be axed even if he left. He loves the show and he does feel that maybe it would benefit from some new blood."

The MediaGuardian states that "if Mr Davies does leave Doctor Who, the BBC will want to keep such a popular show going by bringing in a new executive producer to take over his creative responsibilities."
Piper Is Granted Divorce
People
May 31, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
Billie Piper and Chris Evans were today granted a "quickie" divorce in the High Court in London.

The decree nisi went through at a brief hearing at the Principal Registry of the Family Division.

This decree does not end the marriage. That will happen when the decree is made absolute, and a decree absolute can only be applied for when six weeks have elapsed following the decree nisi being made.

Neither Piper nor Evans was in court.

The couple married in Las Vegas in May 2001 and separated in October 2004.

Also reported at BBC News.
Torchwood - Channel 10 website
Torchwood
May 30, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Network 10 in Australia has published a webpage trailing the arrival of Torchwood to the channel.

The site includes a guide to the series, including comments by the creator and executive producer, Russell T Davies, as well as a guide to the characters and a photo gallery.

In separate interviews for the site, both Eve Myles and Naoko Mori are questioned on how they think Australians will respond to Torchwood.

Outpost Gallifrey understands the series is likely to make its debut in Australia on Monday 18th June at 9.30pm.

Thanks to William Binnie and Matthew See
42 - Final ratings
Broadcasting
May 30, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Final figures released by BARB show that episode 7, 42 received an official final rating of 7.41 million viewers.

This made the programme the 5th most watched on BBC1 for the week and the 16th most watched on all British television.

On multichannel television, the Sunday repeat was watched by 0.89 million viewers and was the 6th most watched multichannel programme for the week.

Final figures are much more accurate than the initial overnights and include those who recorded the programme and watched it within seven days.
Television Top Twenty (w/e 20 May 2007)

1 CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) - 10.54 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 10.44 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) - 10.02 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 9.99 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 9.56 - ITV1
6 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 9.09 - BBC1
7 EASTENDERS (FRI 2001) - 9.08 - BBC1
8 EMMERDALE (THU 1900) - 8.92 - ITV1
9 NEW TRICKS (MON 2102) - 8.66 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) - 8.61 - BBC1
11 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 8.39 - ITV1
12 EMMERDALE (TUE 1903) - 8.17 - ITV1
13 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 8.15 - ITV1
14 HEARTBEAT (SUN 1959) - 8.10 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 7.52 - ITV1
16 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1914) - 7.41 - BBC1
17 EMMERDALE (SUN 1859) - 6.99 - ITV1
18 MATCH OF THE DAY LIVE (SAT 1240) - 6.98 - BBC1
19 TEN O'CLOCK NEWS (MON 2200) - 6.63 - BBC1
20 CASUALTY (SAT 2112) - 6.42 - BBC1

Multi Channel Top Twenty

1 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 1,447,000 - BBC3      
2 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,231,000 - ITV2      
3 LOST (Sun 2200) 1,016,000 - Sky 1     
4 UEFA CUP (Wed 1900) 931,000 - ITV4      
5 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Tue 1930) 908,000 - Sky Sports
6 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2003) 884,000 - BBC3      
7 EASTENDERS FEUDS: THE BEALS V THE MITCHE (Fri 2030 871,000 - BBC3      
8 EASTENDERS (Fri 2202) 782,000 - BBC3      
9 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Wed 2300) 762,000 - E4      In
10 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1900) 759,000 - E4
11 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1828) 741,000 - Five Life
12 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Wed 1930) 732,000 - Sky Sports
13 MEN IN BLACK (TOON) (Sat 2321) 730,000 - ITV2      
14 FILM: DEMOLITION MAN (Tue 2258) 713,000 - ITV2      
15 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1828) 710,000 - Five Life
16 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 694,000 - Five Life
17 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2131) 683,000 - ITV2      
18 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1828) 677,000 - Five Life
19 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS UPDATE (Tue 2256) 670,000 - ITV2      
20 TOP GEAR (Sat 2044) 664,000 BBC3      

Source BARB
Tuesday Ratings
Broadcasting
May 30, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Tuesday's BBC Four repeat of the Season Two story The Idiot's Lantern was watched by 125,000 viewers according to unofficial overnight figures. This was a 0.76% of the audience.

The programme was part of the BBC Four season on Children's Television.
Season Three in Australia
Broadcasting
May 29, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
ABC Australia have begun promotion for the broadcast of Season Three on the channel.

A webpage has been published promising new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters.

Thanks to Michael Allison
New Radio Times
Press Clips
May 29, 2007  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
The latest issue of the BBC's Radio Times listings magazine is released across the UK today, and in addition to all of its regular Doctor Who coverage it contains special praise for this Saturday's forthcoming episode, "The Family of Blood", selected as the magazine's 'Drama of the Week'.

"Those who dismiss Who as lightweight fluff should give tonight's story a try," writes reviewer Mark Braxton on the magazine's 'Today's Choices' page for Saturday. "The conclusion to a 1913-set two-parter, it's rich, complex, resonant and BAFTA-worthy on its own merits... it also contains the best description of the Doctor we've ever heard on the show. Take a bow, Mr Cornell."

In addition, a moment from the episode is selected as the magazine's 'Moment of the Week', described, again by Braxton, as "an awful shadow of things to come... It's a tiny moment, but one that's eloquence itself."

The magazine's regular preview feature this week focuses on an interview with guest star Jessica Hynes, who explains how she deals with questions from her son and his friends about her relationship with Doctor Who. "I have to explain that I'm already married and it's only a pretend snog," she tells interviewer Danny Scott. Hynes also maintains that the offer to appear in Doctor Who is "the phone call you always dream of getting."
Human Nature - AI figure
Broadcasting
May 29, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Episode 8, Human Nature received an Appreciation index or AI figure of 86

This was the joint highest figure for the weekend, beating every other programme on terrestrial television, with the exception of CSI:NY on Channel Five.

The programme was once more in the excellent category.

On BBC3, where lower audiences usually mean higher AI figures, the Sunday repeat of Episode 7, 42 scored 89.
Sunday Ratings
Broadcasting
May 28, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The Sunday night BBC Three repeat of Episode 8, Human Nature, was watched by 0.81 million viewers, which was a 4.5% share of the audience. On multichannel television, the programme was the second most watched of the day.

Doctor Who Confidential achieved an audience of 0.49 million, which was a 2.7% share.

Final overnight data now shows that Doctor Who was the thirteenth most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in nine days time.
Torchwood - September 8 on BBC America
Torchwood
May 28, 2007  •  Posted By Benjamin F Elliott
BBC America has started running trailers for Torchwood in its Doctor Who marathon today. Torchwood's US premiere is Saturday September 8 at 8PM Eastern Time (7PM Central, 6PM Mountain, 5PM Pacific).
Sea Devil Costume To Be Auctioned
Special Events
May 27, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
A complete Sea Devil costume is to be auctioned at Bonhams next month.

The auctioneers say it is believed to be the only existing outfit from the 1972 Jon Pertwee story.

It is listed as being complete with string vest, belt and a replica weapon, and comes with a letter of provenance. An estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds has been placed on the lot.

The auction will take place on June 20 at Bonhams' Knightsbridge saleroom as part of a film and rock 'n' roll memorabilia sale.

Outpost Gallifrey reported on Friday that The Sea Devils is to be released on DVD.

(Thanks to Jonathan Wilkinson)
Overnight Ratings - Human Nature
Broadcasting
May 27, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who was once more top of the charts with unofficial figures showing that Episode Eight, Human Nature, was watched by 7.1 million viewers, a 36.3% share of the total television audience.

The programme was the most watched of the day, both by audience and by share, beating the second placed Lottery Draw by half a million viewers.

The opposition on ITV1, Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon
, got 4.5 million and was the highest rated programme on ITV1 for the day.

With one day to go, Doctor Who is currently the 11th most watched programme of the week.

Once again the programme was by far the most watched in the children's chart, with 1.5 Million 4-15 year olds watching, a massive 59% of that audience.

On BBC3 0.67 million watched Doctor Who Confidential, which was a 4.2% share of the multi channel audience. It was the most watched programme on multi channel television.
Week Nine Schedule
Broadcasting
May 26, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
For the transmission of Episode Nine, The Family of Blood, Doctor Who stays at 7.10pm.

It once more follows The People's Quiz and is followed by The National Lottery Draws and the semi final of the search for a star show, Any Dream Will Do

ITV1 offers Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? as the main opposition, with Chris Tarrant, while BBC Two has The Culture Show where Paul McCartney meets up with Lauren Laverne to talk about his new album Memory Almost Full.

On Channel 4 viewers can see Lie Lab looking at new lie-detection technology using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, while on Channel 5 there is the 2003 film S Club: Seeing Double starring members of the pop group S Club.
Sun Casting Rumors (UPDATED)
Press Clips
May 26, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Sun has released an article today about a purported change of casting in Series 4.

UPDATE:
The BBC has given an official statement to FreemaAgyeman.com, calling the Sun's story "absolute rubbish".

To read the article, please click the spoiler link.
DOCTOR Who actress Freema Agyeman has been axed from the next series, The Sun can reveal.

Pretty Freema, 27, only joined the BBC1 sci-fi hit as the Timelord’s new companion Martha Jones at the beginning of the current series three.

We told how the struggling actress scooped the role after Billie Piper quit. But show chiefs think her performance is not as strong as in her earlier episodes.

And they are planning a storyline where the Doctor, played by David Tennant, will lose her and travel through the universe searching for her.
The decision to dump Freema comes as a bolt from the blue after her performance for the first couple of episodes was praised.

A source said: “Freema is very talented but we don’t think she is just right on Doctor Who. None of this is being done with any malice. Freema’s a lovely girl.”

Freema has previously admitted that she had a tough job to fill Billie’s boots. Billie, who played Rose Tyler, left at the end of the second series.

Christopher Eccleston stunned the BBC by quitting as the Timelord after the first series of the revamped drama in 2005.

Meanwhile current star Tennant is still believed to be making just part of series four, which starts filming in Wales this summer.

A spokeswoman for the show refused to comment.
Friday Night Ratings
Broadcasting
May 26, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The Friday BBC3 repeat of Episode 7, 42 was watched by 266,000 viewers, a 1.6% share of the multi channel audience.