Archive of news items from Outpost Gallifrey:
Helen McDonald Appeal Update
FandomJuly 31, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
More than 6,000 pounds has been collected by fans as part of an appeal in memory of David Tennant's mother Helen McDonald who died recently.
BBC News reports that members of the fan site david-tennant.com have so far have donated more than 4,000 pounds to the collection, which is in aid of the ACCORD Hospice.
They also plan an auction to help raise more money for cancer research. Items up for auction include rare artwork and a 2 foot tall ceramic Dalek.
Tennant told the website, "At this difficult time, I can't tell you what it means that you are doing this."
He added: "Thanks to everyone who has been able to make a donation. I promise you, your money will be well spent."
The idea for the collection was first proposed by a group of Outpost Gallifrey Forum members. They have so far raised nearly 2,000 pounds.
Donations can still be made at justgiving.com. People who donate are asked not to mention David Tennant in the comments section, in order to protect his privacy.
Minogue Mistake By OAP
TV Series NewsJuly 31, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
A pensioner thought Kylie Minogue was a real-life waitress during filming for the Doctor Who Christmas special, reports BBC News today.
Minogue plays the role of Titanic waitress Astrid in Voyage of the Damned, and while filming was taking place outside Morgan's hotel in Swansea an elderly customer confused the singer for a member of staff.
An eyewitness said: "It was absolutely comical. Kylie is an international star but obviously this old dear didn't know who she was.
"She said to Kylie: 'Excuse me, love, is it too late for a cup of tea?'
"Kylie saw the funny side and just laughed."
FOOTNOTE: The Sun reported today that Minogue had been comforting David Tennant over the death of his mother from cancer.
Jane Asher Cast In SJA
SpinoffsJuly 31, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
Jane Asher will be a guest star in The Sarah Jane Adventures, according to The Sun today.
It is not Asher's first involvement with the world of Doctor Who, as she portrayed the Doctor's granddaughter in the BBC Radio 4 play Whatever Happened To . . . Susan Foreman? in 1994.
The Sarah Jane Adventures will be part of the CBBC autumn season.
Doctor Who Adventures - 35
MerchandiseJuly 31, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The Scarecrows are waiting for you in the latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures with a fact file about the Family of Blood. You can find out about the Family's fate and everything you need to know about the fearsome four.
Also in this issue, a fact file about the Sun-Possessed, a Dalek or two, and news of the returning friendly foes, the Ood.
There is also a look back at the best scenes of the last series, from severely scary to just plain brilliant and the Comic strip, part two of The Last Soldier.
With a Scary mask you can become a Weeping Angel and dare your friends to blink! And there are four exclusive posters of the Master, a Pig Slave, Captain Jack clinging to the TARDIS and Yana and Chantho from Utopia.
This issue comes with a set of four bouncy balls and holographic stickers.
Doctor Who Adventures issue 35, is out across the UK, on Thursday 2 August.
PeopleJuly 30, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
According to a report at WhatsOnStage.com, the actor John Normington has died at the age of 70.
Normington was best known to Doctor Who fans for his highly-acclaimed role as the villain Trau Morgus in Peter Davison's final story as the Fifth Doctor, The Caves of Androzani, in 1984.
He later appeared again in the series in the Sylvester McCoy serial The Happiness Patrol in 1987, and finally guested in 2006's Ghost Machine, an episode of the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood.
Normington was a busy working actor right up until this year, appearing at the Old Vic opposite Robert Lindsay in The Entertainer. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he also appeared in television series such as Coronation Street, Yes, Prime Minister and Casualty.
Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, the artistic director of the Old Vic, said in tribute: "We were honoured to have enjoyed John's company for as long as we had him. His spirit and influence remained throughout and now that same spirit joins the other great actors who have played the Old Vic stage, where he will always be remembered with admiration and affection.
"They don't make them like him any more. We send our love and condolences to John's partner, family and friends."
Gardner Rules Hopper Out
OnlineJuly 30, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
iF Magazine has an interview with BBC head of drama commissioning Julie Gardner in which she talks about a range of subjects concerning Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, all of which she also co-executive produces.
In the interview, she quashes speculation that Dennis Hopper will be appearing on Doctor Who. "That's an unfounded rumor I'm afraid. He's not going to be on the show. It was all over the place, but he's not coming," she says.
However, Gardner gives a strong indication that the Master will be returning.
"It would be rude not to, and he’s a great character. John Simm is amazing and I would go to work every day with him. His scenes were so much fun to do," she says.
Video Game Coming
MerchandiseJuly 27, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
As reported on David-Tennant.com, Top Trumps have revealed their plans for a Doctor Who video game to be released in time for Christmas 2007. An advert for the game appears in the new Doctor Who Top Trumps card pack. No definite information is available at this time regarding which gaming platforms will be required. We will report more details as we receive them.
WETA Collectibles Information
MerchandiseJuly 27, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
This week at the San Diego Comic Convention, Weta Collectibles revealed the prototypes of the initial two pieces that will start their Doctor Who statue range.
The first piece, titled 'Dalek', is from the Doctor Who episode of the same name, featured in the new series in 2005. The second piece, titled 'Cybercontroller', is from the Age of Steel episode from the second series in 2006.
Two more statues are forthcoming, but have not yet been revealed. For more information and images of the Dalek and Cybercontroller statues, see Weta's website.
More on Who Comic
MerchandiseJuly 27, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
Comic Book Resources News has a story about the newly announced Doctor Who comic book from IDW, along with some sample art from artist Nick Roche. Roche, who has previously drawn IDW's Transformers comic, told CBR News that as a teenager he watched repeats of Jon Pertwee stories, but considers the new series his favorite version of Doctor Who. He also talks about the challenges of drawing David Tennant.
The comic book will star the Tenth Doctor and Martha. The CBR story has more background from Roche and series writer Gary Russell. To see Roche's sample art, click on the thumbnails below; please note that the sketches may not be representative of storylines in the comic.
DVD Release Information
DVD and VideoJuly 27, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
TVSHOWSONDVD.com has announced some dates on the upcoming DVD releases in North America.
November 6th sees a trio of releases in North America. Arc of Infinity and Time-Flight are the classic series releases, with The Complete Series Three of the new series rounding out the day.
Series Three is currently slated for release in the UK on November 27th, although the BBC Shop is listing a November 5th release date.
January 8th will see the DVD release of Torchwood: Series One in North America.
Agyeman On BBC Persian
OnlineJuly 27, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The BBC Persian website has posted an interview with Freema Agyeman.
She begins and ends by speaking in Farsi, but for the rest of the eight-minute-plus piece she speaks in English that is dubbed into Farsi.
Agyeman's mother is Iranian and the actress revealed during her interview on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross in May that the tattoo on her right arm includes the word "free" in Farsi in recognition of her heritage.
The interview is currently near the bottom left-hand side of the page.
(Thanks to David C MacKenzie.)
UPDATE - JULY 30: The interview has now gone from the page but if you click on its replacement towards the bottom left-hand side you get the Agyeman interview as an option on the RealPlayer pop-up.
Scarifyers on BBC7
MiscellaneousJuly 27, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Cosmic Hobo Productions has announced that the first adventure of The Scarifyers will be broadcast on BBC 7 in August.
The Nazad Conspiracy stars classic Doctor Who actors Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy in a tale of supernatural adventure set in 1930s London. The first episode will be broadcast 1800-1830 on Saturday 25th August in BBC 7's 7th Dimension sci-fi slot.
Christmas 1936. Ghost story writer Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) doesn't believe in the supernatural. So he's more than surprised when an invisible winged demon appears in his drawing room.
The Metropolitan Police's longest-serving officer, Inspector Lionheart (Nicholas Courtney), doesn't believe in the supernatural either, wings or no wings. So he's less than impressed when Russian emigres begin dying impossible deaths all over London.
Together, Lionheart and Dunning must face quarrelsome Generals, sinister clowns and Russian demons as they unravel THE NAZAD CONSPIRACY.
Doctor Who Comic
MerchandiseJuly 27, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Newsarama.com has announced that IDW will begin publishing a new title based on the tenth Doctor, with stories written by TV show script editor Gary Russell and art by Nick Roche.
IDW chief Chris Ryall told Newsarama that in addition to the new Tenth Doctor comic book, IDW would be reprinting classic Doctor Who comics drawn by Dave Gibbons, with all-new coloring.
Gary Russell told Newsarama's interviewer:
"Can't get enough Martha. As for Tennant, 'cos he's the current one, simple as that. It's about putting characters from one medium into a totally different, and utilizing the strengths (and weaknesses) the new medium has to offer. So I gain from a bigger budget, more extras and louder bangs, yet the storytelling has to be as concise, clever and charming as the TV show is, but in a wholly different way. I have now just scared myself beyond belief..."
" Old monsters are all very well, but using the big guns like Daleks, Cybermen, the Master - it's a bit gauche. If you're going to use recognizable elements from the show - and I think you should where the story allows it - [it should be] a story that enables you to go "oooh I could put MONSTER X in here, that'd be cool" over to "oooh I need to write a story about MONSTER X" now and again, because people like to spot elements they're familiar with, then they need to be fun. Our first issue does feature something from the current show, and a later issue or two features something from waaaaay back in the series history, but these things should be done sparingly or it's no longer an event, it's the norm. And normal is dull."
K9 Series Funding
SpinoffsJuly 27, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
Australia's Film Finance Corporation has approved funding for the spin-off series featuring K9.
A news release says financial backing was agreed at the organisation's July board meeting, although the exact amount of money involved is unknown.
It says: "When we meet him in the new 26-part Australian kids' show K9, this highly intelligent creature is guarding an abandoned prison transportation craft."
The series, previously understood to have been called K9 Adventures and K9 - The Series, has been created and is being written by Doctor Who classic era writer Bob Baker, says the FFC.
TV distribution agent Park Entertainment says the half-hour episodes, to be made by Jetix Europe, will be live action and CGI.
The FFC is the Australian government's main agency for funding film and TV production in Australia.
UPDATE: C21 is reporting that Australia's Network Ten has also "come on board" the series.
The TV company will be paying a certain percentage of the production budget in return for rights to air the programme once it is made.
The show was understood to be already in pre-production but C21 quotes Park Entertainment chief executive Jim Howell as saying it was hoped the show would be in pre-production by October.
(Thanks to Adam and Ed Waller.)
Helen McDonald appeal
PeopleJuly 26, 2007 Posted By Marcus
A group of forum members have have launched a fundraising appeal in memory of David Tennant's mother, Helen McDonald, who died recently.
The appeal is in aid of the ACCORD Hospice, based in Paisley, in Scotland. Mrs McDonald was a voluntary worker at the hospice for many years and it was where she was cared for in her final days.
Fans who donate are asked not to mention David in the comments section, in order to protect his privacy at a difficult time for him and his family.
Donations can be made at justgiving.com.
The fan website david-tennant.com has launched a similar appeal.
DW Goes Online in Canada
MiscellaneousJuly 26, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Viewers in Canada can currently watch episodes of series three online via the CBC website.
The content is region protected and only accessible in Canada.
Return of the Ood
TV Series NewsJuly 25, 2007 Posted By R. Alan Siler
One of the New Series' most popular monsters, the Ood, are scheduled to reappear in the Fourth Series, according to the Times Online and confirmed on the Official Site.
The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate) will encounter the fearsome aliens in an episode called "Planet of the Ood".
Show runner Russell T. Davies commented: "We're delighted the Ood are making a welcome return to Doctor Who. They were last seen falling into a black hole back in series two and we think it's only fair for the viewers to find out what the Ood have to say for themselves. Donna is certainly in for a shock."
According to the article, the episode will delve into the Oods' origins. No word yet on when in the series this episode occurs.
Australian media coverage
Press ClipsJuly 23, 2007 Posted By Adam Kirk
Australian media coverage of Doctor Who and Torchwood continues. Kelsey Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald previews 'Daleks in Manhattan', which Ian Cuthbertson of the Weekend Australian describes as 'finely made, with the production values of a feature film and starring those seemingly eternal 'Doctor Who' villains in top form.' Meanwhile Robin Oliver, also of the Sydney Morning Herald, writes that 'Evolution of the Daleks', 'features the most spectacular Dalek action in Doctor Who's history' and that 'writer Helen Raynor provides unusually strong dialogue, which David Tennant employs with great effect.' Fergus Shiel also notes Tennant's amusing appearance on Parkinson on the same Saturday night (28 July, ABC, 10.15pm) where he is introduced as 'Doctor Wow!'.
The Melbourne Age's AnnMaree Bellman in previewing Countrycide says 'it's Famous Five Go Camping meets The Blair Witch Chainsaw Massacre'. Ian Cuthbertson also notes that this episode has 'a terrifically creepy beginning to an equally creepy episode . . . Lonely crofters cottages will never look innocent again.' Naoko Mori has also started appearing in Channel Ten 'I believe . . . seriously' promotional trailers, in addition to the similar Ten trailers featuring John Barrowman and Eve Myles.
Meanwhile in the Aussie ratings, 'Daleks in Manhattan' scored 839,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals, coming second to the Dame Edna Treatment on Channel Nine. Meanwhile, Torchwood's 'Countrycide' scored 673,000 viewers, these ratings probably affected by a twenty minute delay in its start due to an overlong episode of the local version of Big Brother. For more ratings details see the Sydney Morning Herald's Tribal Mind.
Time Warrior DVD Update
DVD and VideoJuly 23, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The Restoration Team updated its website today with details about the release of The Time Warrior on DVD in the UK.
The four-part story from December 1973 to January 1974, which started the final season of Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and introduced not only Elisabeth Sladen as companion Sarah Jane Smith but also the Sontaran race, will be out on September 3.
It will be the first time it has been available unedited.
Key To Time DVD Extras
DVD and VideoJuly 23, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The official programme website has released details of the extensive extras on the forthcoming seven-disc Key To Time DVD box set release in the UK.
The six stories that comprised the 16th season, which aired in the UK between September 1978 and February 1979 and starred Tom Baker as the Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana, will be released on September 24.
The extras will include a documentary looking at the tenure of producer Graham Williams, deleted scenes and outtakes, excerpts from Blue Peter, Nationwide and Pebble Mill At One, location visits, Tom Baker reading five stories from the 1978 series Late Night Story, and the festive sketch recorded on the set of season finale The Armageddon Factor for the 1978 BBC Christmas Tape.
The Restoration Team website was updated today with full details as to the work done on the stories plus more about the extras.
Doctor Who Magazine 385
MerchandiseJuly 23, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
In the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Freema Agyeman gives the inside scoop on how Martha will have changed when she next meets up with the Doctor in Series Four... "She'll actually be in a relationship by that point, so that part of her soul is fulfilled," Freema hints, "so I think she'll look at her relationship with the Doctor with fresh eyes - older and much, much wiser. The last time they will have seen one another is after she's just saved the world, so she went out on a high. And then they meet up again so I imagine that they'll be sizing each other up a bit!"
Also this issue, the mag goes behind the scenes on the Master's death scenes - and travels back to his very first appearance with a Fact of Fiction article on 1971's Terror of the Autons. Plus, take a trip to the year 100 Trillion with Blue Peter winner John Bell, and the Doctor Who design team reveals the special effects secrets behind the Master trilogy - with exclusive artwork, design drawings and photographs.
Meanwhile, the Doctor finds himself caught in traffic in DWM's new comic strip adventure, Bus Stop, and the Time Team witness the Resurrection of the Daleks.
Plus there's some exclusive news on Donna's return to the TARDIS; the latest on this year's Christmas Special, Voyage of the Damned, starring Kylie Minogue; and your chance to vote for your Series Three favourites in the DWM Season Survey.
The new issue is sale from Thursday 26 July. Click on the thumbnail below to see the cover.
New Torchwood Audio
TorchwoodJuly 22, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The John Jarrold Literary Agency has announced that Steven Saville, editor of the recent Short Trips Anthology Destination Prague, has been signed on to write a new Torchwood audio. The title will be Hidden, and the story will be delivered in August, for an autumn recording by BBC audiobooks.
John Jarrold said: "The storyline is under wraps, however, I've read the synopsis, and it's terrific! As one of those who remembers watching the first episode of Doctor Who in November 1963 and still watches both the original and Torchwood, I can't wait to hear it!"
TorchwoodJuly 22, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Titan Magazines has announced that they will begin publishing Torchwood Magazine beginning in 2008. This monthly release will include interviews, behind the scenes reports and original fiction. This new magazine is currently slated to coincide with the airing of series two.
Tony Blair Wanted for Episode Cameo
TV Series NewsJuly 21, 2007 Posted By Michael Regina
ANI is reporting that Doctor Who producers are keen to get former British PM Tony Blair in for a cameo on Series Four of Doctor Who.
"Everyone knows Blair did The Simpsons and has appeared with Catherine Tate who is the new companion for the Doctor. So we're sure he'd be more than open to the offer of a cameo on the show," a BBC insider said.
Voyage of the Damned Filming Delayed
TV Series NewsJuly 20, 2007 Posted By Michael Regina
syfyportal.com, citing the Paisley Daily Express, reports that filming of "Voyage of the Damned" will be delayed this weekend so David Tennant can attend his mother's funeral.
Tennant's mother, Helen McDonald, died on Sunday, July 15th after a long battle with cancer. She was 67, and was a founding member of Paisley's ACCORD Hospice, where she spent her final days. The funeral will take place at Renfrew North with the Very Rev. James Simpson -- a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II -- officiating.
Filming is expected to resume next week for the Christmas special which will premiere on Dec. 25 on BBC One. The fourth season of "Doctor Who" will air in early 2008, with the third season currently airing Friday nights in the United States on SciFi Channel.
John Barrowman To Host New TV Game Show
PeopleJuly 20, 2007 Posted By R. Alan Siler
According to the Sun, Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman has been tipped to host a new Saturday night show for the BBC. The Kids Are Alright is a primetime show in which adults battle super-smart kids.
The new show will see a team of seven brainy kids battling against four adults in a series of challenges. For every event the adults win, they pocket thousands. The kids can also get top prizes.
The show is being made as a pilot but will become a series if it goes well. No word yet on air date and time.
John Barrowman will also be guest host on the Friday Night Project on Friday 27th July, on Channel 4. In previous series, David Tennant and Billie Piper have appeared as guest hosts, alongside regular presenters Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins.
BroadcastingJuly 19, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Final data now available for Doctor Who Confidential gives the programme an average rating of 0.70 million viewers. The average share was 4%.
Totally Doctor Who got an average rating of 0.75 million viewers which was a 8% share of the audience. The highest rated show was programme 10, with 0.92 million.
Full ratings data for Season Three, including audience breakdown and Appreciation figures, is now available in the Forum.
New monster revealed
TV Series NewsJuly 19, 2007 Posted By Anna Roberts
The Sun, The Mirror and The Western Mail have published pictures today that were taken during location filming for Voyage of the Damned.
They feature an alien played by Jimmy Vee, who has previously appeared in The End of the World and Aliens of London as the Moxx of Balhoon and the space pig respectively. A few additional details can be found below.
MerchandiseJuly 19, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The New Zealand based firm Weta have announced the release of a series of Doctor Who Collectibles as part of their Weta Collectibles series.
The line will incorporate key moments Doctor Who. The initial series will consist of four pieces, all of which capture a nostalgic scene from the series. Each piece will be made at 6th scale, be free standing, and made out of high quality polystone.
Weta Limited Manager Jamie Wilson said "Doctor Who is such an iconic series, with a huge following all over the world. We have chosen memorable moments from the series that capture the power, emotion and transformed them into dynamic collectible pieces. "
Selected pieces will be on display at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con from 25 - 29 July. The official images of the pieces will be revealed the following day, on 26 July.
Marsters Knocked on Torchwood's Door
BroadcastingJuly 18, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
In a brief interview with BBC News, James Marsters talks about his appearance in series two of Torchwood.
"I am a huge fan of Doctor Who and Torchwood so it was me who knocked on their door," Marsters says.
He refuses to say too much about the part but calls his character "naughty and a bit of a psychopath".
Also interviewed is Alan Dale, who has recently appeared in the US in Lost, The O.C., Ugly Betty and The West Wing.
Dale admits to being a huge fan of British drama and says he is thrilled to be in Torchwood.
Rare Pictures Surface
MerchandiseJuly 18, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The Science and Society Picture Library has added to its site what are believed to be never-before-seen photographs of Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney and John Levene.
The set of seven pictures shows them at the opening of the BBC Visual Effects exhibition at the Science Museum in London in 1972.
Last month, the library made available for sale a print of the picture formed by joining together the two collectors' edition covers of Radio Times featuring the Doctor and the Master.
Doctor Who Adventures 34
MerchandiseJuly 18, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures is published on Thursday, July 19 with the second part of its 2007 guide to Doctor Who.
Also in the magazine:
* Monsters - Shocks from the last series
* Find out if there are aliens in your family with a special chart
* Part one of a new comic-strip adventure called The Last Soldier
* Doctor Who questions answered
* The Macra get snappy in Tales from the Tardis
* Exclusive posters of Daleks in the sewers, the Doctor and the Master, and the Carrionites
* Win goodies
Issue 34 comes with a set of two spinners, and there are two sets to collect. Choose from a Cyberman and Ood set or a Dalek and Slitheen one. Click on the thumbnail below for a larger image of the cover.
Series Three Vol 4 Cover
MerchandiseJuly 17, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustration for the forthcoming UK release of Series 3 Volume 4 on DVD. Due for release in the UK on August 20th 2007, the disc will feature the final episodes from the past season, including Utopia, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover.
Sarah Jane Will Air In Autumn
SpinoffsJuly 17, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The BBC has confirmed that spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures will be broadcast this autumn.
A press office story about the rebranding of CBBC says that the show will be part of the autumn season.
A precise date for when The Sarah Jane Adventures will start is yet to be given. The series will comprise five two-part stories.
The new look for CBBC, designed to attract a wider audience of children aged six to 12, will be unveiled at the end of the summer.
Barrowman on Torchwood S2
BroadcastingJuly 17, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
SCI FI WIRE reports on an interview with John Barrowman at the Television Critics Association press tour in California. Barrowman informed the press that the second season of Torchwood would delve more in to Captain Jack's complicated back story.
"You don't know the exact date when Jack returned yet," Barrowman said. "We do know he was left on Satellite Five [at the end of season one of Doctor Who]. He was brought back to life. He then came back to Earth and arrived back in another time and had to live through it to get to the point where the Doctor came back. In [season] two of Torchwood, there's some of that revealed."
Barrowman also briefly discusses the way other characters will change and guest appearances in the series.
Torchwood's first season will begin airing on BBC America on Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Australian media coverage
Press ClipsJuly 16, 2007 Posted By Adam Kirk
The Australian media continues its coverage of Doctor Who and Torchwood. Tim Hunter of the Melbourne Age interviews Freema Agyeman and Fergus Shiel in previewing Gridlock says 'David Tennant's second series as the Time Lord is shaping up as one of the best.'
Meanwhile Adam Richard, writes in the Age's Green Guide, that Torchwood is 'a bit of spooky sexy sci-fi fun. Like all British drama, it still has a bit of tongue lodged in its cheek, so it's not as overwrought as 'Supernatural' or 'Lost'. Plus it features scads of girl-on-girl action for the boys, boy-on-boy action for the girls and boy-on-girl-on-purple-smoke-creature action for the exhaust fans that might be watching.'
The Sydney Morning Herald's Keith Austin also writes of Torchwood's 'Small Worlds' that it has 'a wonderful but doomed love story, terrific titles, good use of music and the CGI for the scary fairies is marvellous. Nice to see, too, that they didn't shy away from a difficult ending.'
Meanwhile in the Aussie ratings, 'The Shakespeare Code' scored 806,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals while 'Gridlock' rated 792,000 viewers. Both episodes were up against very popular repeats of Harry Potter movies. Meanwhile, Torchwood's 'Cyberwoman' scored 756,000 viewers and 'Small Worlds', up against the season final of 'Brothers and Sisters' on a rival network, scored 768,000 viewers. For more details see the Sydney Morning Herald's Tribal Mind.
How Barrowman Gave Tegan a Home
BroadcastingJuly 16, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
John Barrowman was a guest star today on the new series Animal Rescue Live.
While on the BBC1 show, he talked about his dogs Lewis and Tiger - the latter of whom was a Dogs Trust rescue animal originally called Tegan.
He told interviewer Selina Scott that he and partner Scott Gill decided to give a pet a home rather than swap rings for their civil partnership so went to the Dogs Trust - where a dog called Tegan had just been taken.
Telling the co-host of the Doctor Who connection, he said: "So I figured it's fate and it had to be."
Barrowman is a celebrity patron for Dogs Trust.
View his appearance here.
(Thanks to Dan.)
Moffat Talks about the Future
BroadcastingJuly 16, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
SCI FI WIRE reports on a panel with Steven Moffat at the Television Critics Association press tour in California. Despite being there to promote his own series Jekyll there were questions concerning the future of Doctor Who. He particularly addressed rumors that the possible departure of Russell T. Davies at the end of series four would also be an end to the series. "Here's an answer that people should listen to. No broadcaster lets go of a show like Doctor Who. They'd have to be out of their f---ing minds."
Moffat goes on to mention the popularity of the series and Outpost Gallifrey but neither confirms nor denies rumors he would replace Davies.
Torchwood Interviews, Casting
TorchwoodJuly 16, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
John Barrowman recently spoke to American television journalists at a BBC America panel promoting Torchwood; in conjunction, the BBC Press Office has released a press release about developments for the second series, which is reproduced below.
Details of the panel, and concurrent interviews with Barrowman, can be found on blogs affiliated with the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Multichannel News. In the Chicago Tribune interview, Barrowman describes a scene between Captain Jack and the character played by James Marsters as "so hot, so horny, so violent..." and concludes with a phrase the Tribune's reporter couldn't get past her editor. SCI FI WIRE has more details about Marsters' appearance. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's television reporter also mentions Barrowman in her blog, but focuses on his Milwaukee-based sister Carole Barrowman, who is helping her brother write his autobiography.
In other Torchwood news, the Sun has reported that New Zealand-born actor Alan Dale will be appearing as a "baddie" in Torchwood's second series. Dale is known for his roles in the Australian soap opera Neighbours and several US television series including The O.C., Lost and, most recently, comedy series Ugly Betty.
The first series of Torchwood will air on BBC America beginning September 8; the second series debuts on BBC Two early in 2008. The press release is below (click on the spoiler tag; there are very mild spoilers including a couple of minor story points.
PeopleJuly 12, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
Actor and voice artiste Peter Tuddenham has died at the age of 88 after a short illness.
His vocal talents were used in Doctor Who for The Ark in Space, The Masque of Mandragora and Time and the Rani, but he will also be well-known to cult TV fans for providing the voices of Zen, Orac and Slave in Blake's 7, which was created by Terry Nation.
In addition, Tuddenham was in the Kaldor City audio spin-offs Occam's Razor and Death's Head, which were Doctor Who/Blake's 7 crossovers produced by Magic Bullet.
(Thanks to David and Lesley McIntee.)
K9 Adventures Latest
SpinoffsJuly 11, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The Park Entertainment/Jetix series of 26 half-hour K9 Adventures episodes is said to be currently in pre-production with a targeted delivery date of July 2008.
An article in Broadcast magazine's supplement focusing on MIPTV - the market and trade event for professionals from the audiovisual industry - says the show will be "sophisticated, funny and adult in a way that relates to younger viewers, as well as speaking to family audiences".
The series will be written by Andrew Nicholls and Darrel Vickers.
(Thanks to Jai Parker.)
First Glimpse at Voyage of the Damned
TV Series NewsJuly 11, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
The BBC has today released the first official publicity photograph from the forthcoming 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, production of which began in Cardiff earlier this week. The image, seen at right, shows David Tennant as the Doctor along with the episode's main guest star Kylie Minogue, who according to a report on the official BBC Doctor Who website will be playing a character named Astrid, a waitress on board the Titanic. A larger version of the publicity picture can be found on the same page.
The BBC report also confirms casting details for the special, including two names reported earlier by Outpost Gallifrey, classic series veterans Geoffrey Palmer (who plays the Titanic's Captain) and Clive Swift. Additional actors in the episode are Gray O'Brien, Debbie Chazen, Clive Rowe, Russell Tovey, George Costigan and Jimmy Vee, previously seen in the programme as the Moxx of Balhoon in series one.
Reports on the publicity picture can also be found at BBC News Online, The Sun, The Times, the Daily Mail and This is London.
The MediaGuardian's report on the image runs in their Media Monkey diary column (requires free registration to view), which also quotes BBC One controller Peter Fincham on the subject of Doctor Who from today's press launch for his channel's forthcoming autumn season line-up. "Today at the BBC1 autumn launch the channel's Cyber controller Peter Fincham dodged a question about the casting of Catherine Tate, depriving viewers of Martha Jones, one of the few black role models on television. 'They want to top each previous series with the new one,' Fincham told hacks. 'I wouldn't put pressure on Russell in any way to do anything,' Fincham said. We kind of guessed that from the overblown season finale this year, Pete."
Last of the Time Lords - Final Ratings
BroadcastingJuly 11, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Official figures released by BARB show that the final episode of Season Three, Last of the Time Lords was watched by 8.61 million viewers, making it the 7th most watched programme on British television for the week.
The programme got higher ratings than three editions of EastEnders, one edition of Coronation Street and all editions of Emmerdale.
The Sunday repeat was the 3rd most watched programme on multi channel Television with 0.87 million viewers.
It was beaten by the Saturday edition of Doctor Who Confidential, which topped the multi channel charts with 1.02 million viewers, the highest rating the programme has ever achieved on this channel, narrowly beating the rating for last years season climax which had 1.01 million.
The Friday repeat of Episode Twelve, The Sound of Drums was 17th in the list with 0.62 million watching.
Final figures are much more accurate than the initial overnights and include those who recorded the programme and watch it within 7 days.
Top Twenty Programmes (we 1st July 2007)
1 CONCERT FOR DIANA (SUN 2010) - 12.22 - BBC1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 9.97 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 9.91 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 9.35 - ITV1
5 EASTENDERS (MON 1959) - 9.31 - BBC1
6 BBC NEWS (SUN 2230) - 9.24 - BBC1
7 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1905) - 8.61 - BBC1
8 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 8.21 - BBC1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1931) - 8.08 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 7.97 - BBC1
11 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 7.82 - ITV1
12 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 7.53 - ITV1
13 CONCERT FOR DIANA (SUN 1530) - 7.39 - BBC1
14 EMMERDALE (TUE 1902) - 7.12 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (THU 1903) - 7.05 - ITV1
16 CASUALTY (SAT 2013) - 6.98 - BBC1
17 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1928) - 6.92 - ITV1
18 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 6.67 - ITV1
19 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.33 - ITV1
20 THE BILL (WED 1959) - 6.30 - ITV1
Top Twenty Multi Channel
1 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1957) 1,017,000 - BBC3
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (2007) (Fri 2125) 977,000 - ITV2
3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 1902) 807,000 - BBC3
4 FILM: LETHAL WEAPON 3 (Thu 2105) 777,000 - ITV2
5 FILM: LETHAL WEAPON 3 (Thu 2157) 752,000 - ITV2
6 EASTENDERS (Thu 2159) 714,000 - BBC3
7 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 695,000 - Five Life
8 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 680,000 - E4 In
9 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 670,000 - Five Life
10 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS UPDATE (Thu 2156) 667,000 - ITV2
11 HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1859) 648,000 - E4 In
12 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 645,000 - Five Life
13 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 644,000 - BBC3
14 LAST MAN STANDING (Tue 2101) 643,000 - BBC3
15 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 642,000 - E4 In
16 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1828) 633,000 - Five Life
17 DOCTOR WHO (Fri 2101) 618,000 - BBC3
18 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1859) 617,000 - E4 In
19 EASTENDERS (Mon 2200) 585,000 - BBC3
20 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (2007) (Sat 1833) 567,000 ITV2
Christmas Special Casting Update
TV Series NewsJuly 10, 2007 Posted By Anna Roberts
The Sun has reported today that Geoffrey Palmer has been lined up to guest star in the 2007 Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned. It reports that he will be playing the Captain of the Titanic, although it is unclear whether this character is based on the real Captain of the liner, Edward Smith.
Geoffrey Palmer is best known for his roles in the comedy series As Time Goes By and Butterflies, as well as his appearances in a variety of films, including Mrs Brown, The Madness of King George and Tomorrow Never Dies.
He has previously made two appearances in Doctor Who in the Jon Pertwee stories Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Mutants. His son Charles Palmer directed four recent episodes of Doctor Who: Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Human Nature and The Family of Blood.
National Television Awards Voting Begins
BroadcastingJuly 10, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
Early voting has been opened for the 2007 National Television Awards, sponsored by ITV. Both David Tennant and Freema Agyeman are among the long list of nominees for Most Popular Actor and Actress, respectively, while Doctor Who is once again up for Most Popular Drama. Torchwood also receives the Most Popular Drama nomination, while its star John Barrowman is nominated for Most Popular Actor. John Simm from the last three episodes of this past series is also nominated as Most Popular Actor for his work on "Life on Mars".
The NTA preliminary vote carries over to the final vote later in the year as the nominees' list is whittled down, with the presentation of the awards to take place in November. Doctor Who has been a big winner at the past two years' NTAs, the series taking both drama series awards and Tennant, Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper all winning in their categories.
Voting takes place at the National Television Awards website.
Sea Devils Fort For Sale
Press ClipsJuly 10, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The fort that was used in the filming of The Sea Devils is up for sale.
A report in today's edition of Portsmouth daily paper The News says No Man's Land Fort - built in the 1860s as a sea defence against a feared invasion by the French that never happened - is on the market after the collapse of a commercial property finance business and the jailing of its boss.
The exterior of the construction - which is in the Solent, off the south coast of England - doubled as an abandoned sea fort when the Doctor Who crew went to Portsmouth in October 1971 for extensive location filming on the Jon Pertwee six-parter.
Now converted into a hotel plus events and hospitality venue, it is reported to be worth millions, and administrator KPMG says it is open to offers.
SyFy Genre Awards
OnlineJuly 9, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Doctor Who genre has received several nominations for the SyFy Genre Awards, presented by the website SyFyPortal.com, an industry leader in science fiction and fantasy news. The SyFy Genre Awards honor the best in television and the silver screen that premiered to American audiences between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2007. Among the nominations are Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant for Best Actor, Billie Piper for Best Actress, The Parting of the Ways for Best Episode, Doctor Who for best series, and Russell T Davies for their Gene Roddenberry Lifetime Achievement Award, named after the late creator of "Star Trek". Christopher Eccleston is also nominated for his guest appearances on Heroes.
And, incidentally, Outpost Gallifrey is one of the five nominees for Best Website.
Readers can visit SyFy Portal beginning July 25 to vote once per day per e-mail address on the complete ballot, with the poll closing Aug. 25. In the past seven years, more than 2 million ballots have been cast.
Click on the spoiler tag below for the complete list of nominees (no spoilers included, we've only tagged it to shorten this news story on the news page!)
Canada: CBC to make Series Three Available Online
OnlineJuly 9, 2007 Posted By Mike Doran
The Doctor Who Blog is reporting that they have been informed by sources inside the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that the broadcaster will be posting Series Three of Doctor Who online at their Doctor Who Website. Each episode will appear online the day after it airs on CBC Television, and will remain available for up to four weeks.
It is expected that the first three episodes should be posted on the site soon. The episodes are expected to be geofenced, and only be available to those connecting from Canadian ISPs.
(Thanks to Rudolf Mammitzsch and DWIN)
Media Guardian Top 100
PeopleJuly 9, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The Media Guardian has placed Doctor Who's executive producer Russell T Davies as the 15th most powerful player in the industry in the UK. Davies, who was placed 28th last year, is described as the person who made family TV drama cool again with his award-winning reinvention of Doctor Who and who put BBC1 back on top in the Saturday night ratings war.
The Tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant, is 24th and described as the most powerful actor in television. The Media Guardian says the definition of a star is someone who can get a project off the ground simply by agreeing to be in it. Tennant is that man.
Also listed is Jana Bennett the BBC's director of vision who comes in 11th.
Current BBC1 controller Peter Fincham is 12th and the Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson was 3rd in the list.
Peter Davison and the Holy Grail
PeopleJuly 9, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
BBC News reports that, starting 23 July, Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison will be taking over the role of King Arthur in the West End production of Monty Python's Spamalot. The show is currently running at the Palace Theatre.
Bill Ward, from the ITV soap Coronation Street will be joining the cast at the same time as the sexually disorientated Sir Lancelot.
The producers of the show are also launching a new family friendly performance on Fridays at 5:15pm, aimed at kids and young audiences.
Christmas Special Cast Update
TV Series NewsJuly 8, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
Clive Swift has been cast in the forthcoming episode Voyage of the Damned, the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, according to a report in the Jewish Telegraph.
The actor is no stranger to Doctor Who, having played Jobel in the 1985 serial Revelation of the Daleks starring Colin Baker.
He is most famous, however, for the role of Richard Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet" - a long-running gag), the hen-pecked husband of Patricia Routledge's Hyacinth in the BBC TV comedy Keeping Up Appearances.
In the Telegraph piece, Swift says of his Christmas special character: "It's a lovely part and I'll be working with Kylie Minogue, who I was introduced to at the read-through, and David Tennant, who is a terrific actor."
Swift also appeared in the BBC TV drama Born and Bred, which ran from 2002 to 2004 and was created by Chris Chibnall, the co-producer of Torchwood.
Chibnall was consulting/executive producer of Born and Bred, which also ranked Phil Collinson among its producers.
(Thanks to Neil Marsh and GracieLizzie.)
November Audio Releases
AudioJuly 8, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Audio have released covers and information on their November Audio releases.
Fourth Doctor Tom Baker reads the novelisation of his introductory story, Doctor Who and the Giant Robot by Terrance Dicks.
Martin Jarvis reads The Dinosaur Invasion by Malcolm Hulke.
Katy Manning provides linking narration on the soundtrack for The Curse of Peladon, which also includes a bonus interview.
UKTV: Who Is the Greatest Doctor Who?
BroadcastingJuly 8, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The UKTV Drama channel asks Who is the Greatest Doctor Who? next weekend, when it shows stories featuring each of the ten Doctors.
The channel's website features clips, fact files and a voting form to register your choice.
Stories being shown are An Unearthly Child, The Chase (episodes 1 and 5), Inferno (episodes 1 and 7), The Three Doctors, The Deadly Assassin, The Caves of Androzani, Attack fo the Cybermen, The Two Doctors, The Curse of Fenric, the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, Rose, The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, The Parting of the Ways, New Earth, School Reunion, Army of Ghosts and Doomsday.
The Sunday Times, in reviewing the weekend, says William Hartnell's portrayal of the Doctor is a wonderfully cantankerous antidote to David Tennant's jovial space-prankster. It lists among the weekend's other treats, repeat outings for 1970's brilliantly sinister Inferno, Peter Davison's finest adventure (The Caves of Androzani) and the genuinely unnerving The Deadly Assassin, in which Tom Baker loses his marbles
(Thanks to 'Terry')
Sarah Jane's Audio Adventures
SpinoffsJuly 8, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
10th Planet has released information about forthcoming audio releases for Sarah Jane Adventures. November 5th will see the release of The Thirteenth Stone and The Golden Storm, original short stories for younger listeners, read by Elisabeth Sladen. Each release will be on a single CD.
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Thirteenth Stone
Whilst helping out on a school trip, Sarah Jane discovers the truth behind the legend of an ancient stone circle. Something is trying to escape from one of the stones – and it’s chosen Luke as the way out! Can Sarah, Clyde and Maria save him?
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Golden Storm
When patients at a London clinic begin to act strangely, Sarah Jane’s suspicions are aroused. Luke falls prey to the clinic’s sinister agenda, Maria and Clyde are pursued through London by a golden battle machine, and Sarah discovers a plot to harvest all the gold from Earth - at a terrible cost to the planet!
Canada: Freema Interview
Press ClipsJuly 7, 2007 Posted By Mike Doran
The entertainment section of today's edition of the Toronto Star features a full page interview with Freema Agyeman. In the interview, Agyeman discusses how she got the part and what effect being in Doctor Who has had. We also learn about jobs she has held as well as some of her favourite television series.
The full interview can be read on the Star's website.
A second item in today's Toronto Star gives a list of The essential Doctor Who companions.
Star Week, a television listings magazine distributed with the Toronto Star features the episode Gridlock as one of their "Best Bets" for Monday night viewing.
Friday Ratings, Schedule Update
BroadcastingJuly 7, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The Friday BBC3 repeat of episode thirteen, Last of the Time Lords, achieved an overnight audience of 0.46 million viewers, making it the 4th most watched programme on multichannel television for the day. It had a share of 2.8%.
The entire Series Three gets another repeat showing on BBC3, starting with a chance to see Catherine Tate's debut in The Runaway Bride, which is being shown at 9pm on Monday 9th July.
Episode one, Smith and Jones, then follows at 7.50pm on Friday 13th July.
Doctor Who Confidential is also being repeated, sometimes the full forty-minute version rather than the cut-down one. The first showing is immediatlly after Smith and Jones.
Those who missed the 45-minute compilation of all the episodes of the Totally Doctor Who animated series, The Infinite Quest, can catch it again when it is repeated on the CBBC channel at 5pm on Sunday 8th July.
Finally fans of the original Doctor may want to catch Togas on TV on BBC Four next Wednesday 11th July at 10.30pm. It looks at a variety of TV programmes that have featured togas, from I, Claudius, starring Derek Jacobi, to Doctor Who.
Torchwood At San Diego Comic-Con
TorchwoodJuly 6, 2007 Posted By Jeremy Bement
BBC America is sponsoring a special Torchwood event at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 26. The event will feature guest appearances and clips. Says their website:
2:15-3:15 BBC America: Torchwood - Writer Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who) has created a spectacular spin-off TV series from Doctor Who with Torchwood, about a rogue team of investigators who use scavenged alien technology to solve present day crime - both alien and human. Catch an extended clip of the new series and a panel discussion with actors John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness); Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper); series writer Chris Chibnall; and executive producer Julie Gardner. TV Guide's West Coast Bureau Chief Craig Tomashoff moderates. Room 6A
However, it has been confirmed by the webmaster of his official site that John Barrowman will not be in attendance, due to work commitments in the UK.
David Tennant Takes On Hamlet?
PeopleJuly 6, 2007 Posted By Chuck Foster
The Daily Mail reports that David Tennant is in negotiation with the Royal Shakespeare Company to take on the role of Hamlet - a role he has said he wishes to play in the past - next summer.
Says journalist Baz Bamigboye: "The plan being developed by RSC artistic chief Michael Boyd is for Mr Tennant to play Hamlet in a production he wants to direct next summer. The exact timing will depend on whether the actor will do a fourth batch of episodes as the Converse All Stars-sporting Doctor. Tennant has been offered several high-profile TV, film and stage parts since his interpretation of Dr Who found so much favour with audiences and critics. Indeed, he recently completed filming a TV movie for HBO called Einstein And Eddington opposite Andy Serkis and Rebecca Hall."
The full article can be read on the Mail's website.
Doctor Who: Podshock 87
PodshockJuly 5, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
Episode 87 of Doctor Who: Podshock is now available.
"Weapon, after weapon, after weapon. All you do is talk, and talk, and talk. But over all these years... and all these disasters, I've always had the greatest secret of them all. I know you. Explode those ships, you kill yourself... That's the one thing you can never do."
Note: This episode was recorded LIVE on the net on the 1st of July 2007. The audio quality is not to our usual standards due to how this special live over the net episode was recorded. This podcast is going out as it was recorded without any post production work applied to it in order to expedite our podcasts and catch up with the BBC transmissions. Warning: this podcast reviews the thirteenth episode of the 2007 series "Last of the Time Lords", and may contain spoilers. If you have not seen this episode yet, you may want to save this podcast episode until you have seen it.
Outpost Gallifrey Presents:
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 87
Live Roundtable Episode Review of "Last of the Time Lords", featuring our regular contributors Darth Skeptical, Taras Hnatyshyn, and Mike Doran, with live listener feedback. Hosted by Louis Trapani, James Naughton, and Ken Deep. Recorded live on the net via TalkShoe on Sunday, 1st of July 2007. Note: This is a "Rough, Ready, and Raw" version -- this podcast episode is going out as it was recorded, with no post production work... (well, very little at least).
Since there was no post production work applied to this episode, there is no Enhanced Podcast AAC version of this episode. Our Enhanced Podcast versions will return with our regular format 'studio' recorded podcasts.
Doctor Who: Podshock features the latest Doctor Who news and discussions from both US and UK perspectives. Hosted by Ken Deep and Louis Trapani in the US and James Naughton in the UK, with segments by correspondents in Australia and Canada. Presented by Outpost Gallifrey and brought to you by The Gallifreyan Embassy.
Below is the link to the MP3 format version of the podcast. There is no Enhanced Podcast format of episode 87 of Doctor Who: Podshock since it did not go through post production.
-> Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 87 (MP3 format, 26.7 MB)
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Australian media coverage
Press ClipsJuly 5, 2007 Posted By Adam Kirk
The Australian media continues its coverage of Doctor Who and Torchwood. The Age has reviewed Smith and Jones and describes Torchwood as 'good old-fashion science fiction'. Meanwhile the Sydney Morning Herald describes The Shakespeare Code as 'a great story, told with much fun and tongue firmly in cheek.'
The Age also has a feature on the search for the 108 missing episodes of the classic series.
Meanwhile in the Aussie ratings, 'Smith and Jones' scored 928,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals. Meanwhile, Torchwood's 'Day One' scored 895,000 viewers and 'Ghost Machine', up against the Princess Diana tribute concert on a rival network, scored 774,000 viewers. For more details see the Sydney Morning Herald's Tribal Mind.
TV GUIDE features Who
BroadcastingJuly 5, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
TV GUIDE's website has a few brief clips from up coming episodes of series 3 highlighted under The Future of Sci-Fi Shows and includes a nice photo of Tennant on their home page.
Classic Series on YouTube
DVD and VideoJuly 5, 2007 Posted By Marcus
BBC Worldwide have uploaded a number of clips from the classic series onto YouTube.
The clips, which average around 3 minutes long, are mainly taken from the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker incarnations of the Doctor.
Stories represented include The Time Warrior, The Deadly Assassin and The Sunmakers.
There is also a chance to see how the original incarnation of The Master dealt with those who got in his way.
Dennis Hopper To Appear In Series Four?
TV Series NewsJuly 5, 2007 Posted By R. Alan Siler
Various news services are reporting a rumour that American film icon Dennis Hopper is in talks to make an appearance in Doctor Who next year, probably as a villain. According to an insider, talks have been going on for a while, but Hopper's schedule is proving very difficult to work out. The unnamed source reports that "Dennis is a big fan of the show and bosses are really keen to get him on board."
As always, treat this news as only what it is at the moment -- a rumour -- until official word is announced by the BBC.
War Machines Audio
AudioJuly 5, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
BBC Audiobooks will release The War Machines on CD on August 6. "First Broadcast on BBC1 in 1966, The War Machines sees the TARDIS returning to Earth in the present day. The Doctor detects strange vibrations coming from the newly - erected Post Office Tower, and sure enough it is discovered to be the centre of operations for WOTAN, a super-computer with designs on taking over the world. The Doctor enlists the help of Sixties swingers Ben and Polly, who then become his travelling companions." The CD includes the complete audio soundtrack, with narration by cast member Anneke Wills (Polly). Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover.
More Faction Paradox Novels Planned
SpinoffsJuly 4, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
New Zealand based company Random Static Ltd has acquired the rights to continue Lawrence Miles' Faction Paradox novel series. The time-travelling voodoo cult Faction Paradox first appeared in Miles' Doctor Who novel Alien Bodies. The Faction subsequently featured in several BBC books before obtaining their own novel series, audio plays, and comics.
Newtons Sleep by Daniel O'Mahony will be the first Faction Paradox release from Random Static, and is scheduled for publication in late 2007.
Sound of Drums Final Ratings
BroadcastingJuly 4, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Figures published by BARB show that episode twelve, The Sound of Drums, was watched by 7.51 million viewers, making it the 11th most watched programme of the week.
The programme narrowly missed out on a top ten place by just 50,000 viewers. It was the 4th most watched on BBC One, beating an edition of EastEnders.
On multichannel, the Sunday repeat got 1.09 million watching, making the programme the second highest rated of the week.
Doctor Who Confidential got 0.96 million and was the 4th most watched multichannel programme of the week.
Final figures are much more accurate than the initial overnights and include those who recorded the programme and watch it within 7 days.
Top Twenty Television Programmes (w/e 24th June 2007)
1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 10.27 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 9.99 - ITV1
3 EASTENDERS (MON 2001) - 9.68 - BBC1
4 EASTENDERS (THU 1931) - 9.17 - BBC1
5 CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) - 9.11 - ITV1
6 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) - 9.04 - ITV1
7 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 8.78 - ITV1
8 EASTENDERS (FRI 2001) - 8.54 - BBC1
9 HEARTBEAT (SUN 2000) - 7.84 - ITV1
10 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 7.56 - ITV1
11 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1915) - 7.51 - BBC1
12 THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE (MON 2101) - 7.10 - ITV1
13 EMMERDALE (THU 1903) - 6.94 - ITV1
14 EASTENDERS (TUE 1931) - 6.86 - BBC1
15 EMMERDALE (WED 1900) - 6.84 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (TUE 1901) - 6.59 - ITV1
17 EMMERDALE (SUN 1900) - 6.56 - ITV1
18 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.47 - ITV1
19 DALZIEL AND PASCOE (THU 2100) - 6.24 - BBC1
20 BBC NEWS AND WEATHER (SUN 2200) - 6.00 - BBC1
Multichannel Top Twenty
1 FILM: SHREK (Tue 2001) 1,432,000 - BBC3
2 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2000) 1,094,000 - BBC3
3 EASTENDERS (Tue 2202) 956,000 - BBC3
4 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 2002) 955,000 - BBC3
5 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (2007) (Fri 2031) 954,000 - ITV2
6 FILM: SHREK (Wed 2100) 936,000 - BBC3
7 THE SIMPSONS (Sun 1831) 850,000 - Sky 1
8 INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LIVE (Wed 1700) 829,000 - Sky Sports
9 EASTENDERS (Thu 2201) 816,000 - BBC3
10 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 807,000 - Five Life
11 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2104) 804,000 - ITV2
12 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 785,000 - E4
13 60 SECONDS (Sun 1958) 772,000 - BBC3
14 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 731,000 - Five Life
15 FILM: LETHAL WEAPON (Thu 2154) 717,000 ITV2
16 HOLLYOAKS (Fri 1859) 715,000 E4
17 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 688,000 Five Life
18 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 663,000 Five Life
19 60 SECONDS (Sun 2201) 647,000 BBC3
20 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 639,000 E4
Doctor Who Adventures 33
MerchandiseJuly 4, 2007 Posted By Anna Roberts
The next issue of Doctor Who Adventures is out on Thursday, 5th July and features an in depth look at the Master, as well as catching up with Barney from Totally Doctor Who.
Other features include the first part of a pull out guide to Doctor Who 2007, containing every story and monster. In the comic strip, the Doctor and Martha try to stop the Fatkat Corporation in part two of Minus Seven Wonders. Plus find out how to make your own Vortex Manipulator, just like Captain Jack’s.
It also comes with three free gifts (a monster message pad, pen and pencil), as well as exclusive posters of the Master, the cat people of New Earth, and Martha Jones.
Catherine Tate Returns to Doctor Who for Series Four
TV Series NewsJuly 4, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
The official BBC Doctor Who website has announced that comedienne and actress Catherine Tate, who guest starred in the 2006 Christmas episode The Runaway Bride, is to return to the role of Donna Noble as a full-time companion of the Doctor throughout the fourth series of Doctor Who in 2008.
Executive producer Russell T Davies is quoted by the site as saying: "Catherine was an absolute star in The Runaway Bride and we are delighted that one of Britain's greatest talents has agreed to join us for the fourth series. Viewers can expect more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008."
Tate herself added that: "I am delighted to be returning to Doctor Who. I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to travelling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey."
Tate replaces Freema Agyeman (Martha) as a regular cast member; Agyeman will appear in several episodes later in the season, and three episodes of Torchwood.
The Press Association today syndicated a story about both Tate and Kylie Minogue appearing in the series.
Update: This story has featured in a number of newspapers today, including The Guardian, The Sun, The Independent, The Times, and The Mirror, as well as BBC News.
USA Series Three Starts Friday - Updated
BroadcastingJuly 3, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
The US Sci Fi Channel cable network begins airing Series Three of Doctor Who this Friday, July 6 at 8pm. The broadcast of the third season, which stars David Tennant and Freema Agyeman, begins with the debut of last December's Christmas special, "The Runaway Bride" at 8pm and the first regular season episode, "Smith and Jones," immediately following at 9:30pm. Episodes will then be broadcast on subsequent Fridays at 9pm, with a one-week break on August 31 due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. The show then moves to 8pm as of September 7 due to the return of Stargate Atlantis at 9pm.
The schedule of episodes is as follows:
July 6 - The Runaway Bride (8:00pm), Smith and Jones (9:30pm)
July 13 - The Shakespeare Code (9:00pm)
July 20 - Gridlock (9:00pm)
July 27 - Daleks in Manhattan (9:00pm)
August 3 - Evolution of the Daleks (9:00pm)
August 10 - The Lazarus Experiment (9:00pm)
August 17 - 42 (9:00pm)
August 24 - Human Nature (9:00pm)
September 7 - The Family of Blood (8:00pm)
September 14 - Blink (8:00pm)
September 21 - Utopia (8:00pm)
September 28 - The Sound of Drums (8:00pm)
October 4 - Last of the Time Lords (9:30pm)
Minogue Casting Makes Headlines
Press ClipsJuly 3, 2007 Posted By Marcus
In a sign of the international popularity of the series and its newly signed guest star, news of Kylie Minogue's appearance in the 2007 Christmas special has been reported around the world.
BBC News had the story leading its entertainment section for much of the day, and for a time the report was showing as the most emailed story of the day.
Other UK sites reporting the news included the BBC's opposition GMTV, ITV and Channel 4.
On Television a video report aired on BBC Breakfast, before being shown during the day on the domestic news channel BBC News24 and also the international channel BBC World.
Newspapers in the UK that reported the story included The Sun, The Guardian, The Mirror, The Times, The Daily Express, The Western Mail, The Liverpool Echo, The Manchester Evening News, The Evening Gazette, The Daily Post and The News in Portsmouth.
Further abroad the story made print in Minogue's native country in The Canberra Times, The Brisbane Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation online news and The Herald-Sun as well as being reported in The Irish Examiner and The Hindustan Times.
Online many international sites have been reporting the news, sites as diverse as DailyIndia.com, Chinadaily.com, and TV Blend.
BBC Annual Report
NotesJuly 3, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
Doctor Who is cited several times as a prime example of BBC output in the corporation's annual report, jointly published today by the BBC Trust, the body which oversees the organisation and replaced the defunct Board of Governors of the BBC in January this year, and the BBC Executive, which runs the corporation editorially.
The series is mentioned in the BBC Trust's section of the report as a "genuinely popular success" by Sir Michael Lyons, the Trust's chairman. In the BBC Executive's report, the programme receives numerous mentions - these include praise for being one of the corporation's "most loved dramas" during a section highlighting the work of BBC Wales, which is also commended for the spin-off series Torchwood; the report described BBC Wales as a "world-class production centre".
The section dealing with BBC One's drama output opens with: "It has been a year of drama resurgence on BBC One, starting the year with a new Doctor Who, played brilliantly by David Tennant. The series exceeded all expectations and became a national talking point."
The series is also mentioned for its profitability - "Profits from global TV sales were up 19% to £40.2million, driven particularly by contemporary drama such as Doctor Who."
The report does, however, admit that: "Not everything we try works. The TARDISODES, one-minute Doctor Who episodes via mobile phones and bbc.co.uk, were not the hit we expected although they were popular on broadband."
New Benny Producer Announced
SpinoffsJuly 3, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has announced that the new range producer for their Bernice Summerfield audios and books range, based on the character originally created for the Virgin Publishing Doctor Who novels series during the 1990s and spun off to her own range, will be Eddie Robson. After two years, Simon Guerrier, author of the forthcoming Bernice Summerfield - The Inside Story, is moving on to other projects. The company says that titles for 2008 will be announced soon.
Official: Kylie Minogue in 2007 Christmas Special
TV Series NewsJuly 2, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
Confirming long-standing rumors in the British tabloid press, Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue will join the Doctor in the 2007 Christmas Special, Voyage of the Damned, according to a press release issued this evening on Minogue's official website and now corroborated by the official Doctor Who website.
The 39-year-old actress and singer will have a "major lead role" in the hour-long special, says Minogue's website, which Tuesday morning's edition of The Sun identifies as a waitress aboard the RMS Titanic. Minogue's official site notes that "The production team has also confirmed that the storyline will follow on directly from the ending of series three where viewers witnessed The Titanic crash through the Tardis walls..."
Minogue has one of the longest and most successful careers as a performer in contemporary pop music, and in Europe and Australia she has become one of her generation's most recognisable celebrities and sex symbols. Says Minogue, "It is an incredible thrill to be joining David and the entire Dr Who production for this year's Christmas special. Dr Who enjoys a unique history and it is going to be very exciting to be a part of that."
The episode has been written by Doctor Who's executive producer and head writer Russell T Davies, who noted that "We are delighted and excited to announce that Kylie Minogue will be joining the Doctor. Doctor Who Christmas specials are always a joy and we feel very confident that this will be the most ambitious and best Christmas episode yet."
The news was originally embargoed by BBC press until midnight Monday night; such sites as Digital Spy and the Daily Mail reported the story before pulling it off their feeds later. Sites later began reprinting the article as of the embargo deadline.
Update: BBC News are now reporting the news as the main story in its entertainment section. There is also a video report by arts correspondent David Sillito.
Photo at right: David Tennant with Kylie Minogue, released by BBC Pictures. Photo copyright © Darenote Ltd., used solely for publicity purposes.
BBC Bomb Apology
TorchwoodJuly 2, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have issued an apology for sparking terror fears with an explosion in Cardiff city centre during filming for Torchwood.
The explosion was staged next to the Millennium Stadium in an old courtroom building. Because of the latest terrorist attacks in Glasgow and London, the BBC issued warnings one hour before the blast on local radio and police had issued an alert two hours before the blast was due to go off.
Passers-by were horrified by the explosion which sent a huge pall of smoke over the city centre.
A BBC production member said:
"The filming was planned many weeks ago before the recent terrorist incidents."
"We had informed neighbouring businesses but could not tell everyone who might be in the city centre. We apologise if anyone was frightened."
Full article available at The Sun Online
Revenge of the Judoon
BooksJuly 2, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Amazon.co.uk has announced the title of the next Quick Reads release. Revenge of the Judoon will be written by Terrance Dicks and is currently slated for release on March 6, 2008. Plot and cover information is not available at this time.
Canada: Runaway Bride Repeat
BroadcastingJuly 2, 2007 Posted By Mike Doran
Doctor Who is pre-empted tonight due to the live broadcast of a U20 World Cup match on CBC in Canada. However in Alberta and British Columbia where the game will be over before Doctor Who's regular timeslot viewers will be treated to a repeat prime-time broadcast of The Runaway Bride. Viewers in the Mountain Time Zone will see the special from 8:30-10:00pm MDT and viewers in the Pacific Time Zone will see it from 8:00-9:30pm PDT.
New episodes will return to the full CBC network next week with Gridlock.
AI Figure, Sunday ratings
BroadcastingJuly 2, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The final episode of Season Three of Doctor Who was once more one of the most enjoyed programmes on British Television, with Episode Thirteen, Last of the Timelords achieving an Appreciation Index of 88.
For a programme with such a high Audience to achieve such a high Appreciation index is incredibly rare.
The programme scored extremely high on all aspects with 85% making a special effort to watch and 90% watching with a lot of attention. 78% thought it was a high quality programme.
31% thought the programme was inspiring, way above the average score for drama of 16% and 60% said they would recommend it to a friend.
Meanwhile the Sunday BBC3 repeat was once more the most watched programme on Multichannel Television, with 0.76 million viewers, despite its earlier time slot. The share was 4.3% with Doctor Who Confidential being watched by 0.46 million viewers.
Final figures are now available for the whole week and puts Doctor Who as the 7th most watched programme of the week, the highest position achieved since Gridlock. Saturday's Doctor Who got 1.7 million more viewers than Sunday's Coronation Street. Final figures will be released by BARB in about nine days time.
BBC News: New Companion, Martha's Future
TV Series NewsJuly 2, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC has revealed that Martha Jones, as played by Freema Agyeman will join the cast of the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood for three episodes next year.
She will then return to Doctor Who, rejoining the show in the middle of Season Four.
To replace Martha a new companion will join the Doctor, staying for the entire thirteen week run of the series.
An announcement on casting is promised very soon.
Update 0800: news sites have started to pick up on the story: the Mirror, the Times,
GMTV, and the Sun (who still insist she was 'axed'!). The ITV1 programme GMTV also reported on who might be cast as the companion (in the Spoiler section below).
0915: The BBC Press Office have now formally reported on Freema's future in the two series, and that the role of new companion is currently vacant and to be announced shortly.
PeopleJuly 1, 2007 Posted By Marcus
SFX magazine is appealing for questions from fans to put to Freema Agyeman.
The magazine will be talking to Freema on Tuesday and invites submissions via the Website. Closing date for questions is 5pm on Monday 2nd July.
Meanwhile Paul Kasey, who has played a host of aliens over the past three years including a Cyberman, an OOD and the Judoon Captain, has given an interview to Stuart Maisner of BBC South East Today.
The full interview can be seen here.
Doctor Who dropped at London Pride 2007
Special EventsJuly 1, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Dr Who fans who endured very wet weather in London yesterday were disappointed when the organisers of London Pride 2007 had to pull the plug on the season finale, Last of the Time Lords, due to end the event on a large outdoor screen.
Hundreds of people gathered in Trafalgar Square to celebrate gay pride and were looking forward to seeing the show on the big screen when, at approximately 7.45pm, an apologetic host told the crowd that the programme had been cancelled.
The fans who had sat in the rain for a number of hours with the promise that "Doctor Who would be airing shortly" were left severely disappointed.
It was initially blamed on a faulty DVD player, but later transpired there was an 8pm curfew imposed on the event by Westminster Council and the police which meant there was no time for the broadcast.
Scheduling delays also lead to confusion over timing and some Who fans missed appearances by John Barrowman and Freema Agyeman (a typo in a timetable flyer amusingly listed her as Freda Agyeman). Altogether, a wet and disappointing day out in London for Who fans.
Submitted by Mark Nisbitt. Thanks also to Bruce Walcroft and Andrew Warrilow.
Last of the Time Lords - Overnight Rating
BroadcastingJuly 1, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who went out on a massive high with unofficial overnight figures showing that Episode Thirteen, Last of the Time Lords was watched by 8.0 million viewers, a 39.1% share of the total television audience.
The programme was by far the most watched of the day, beating the second placed Casualty by nearly 1.5 million viewers.
The repeat of The Weakest Link: Dr Who Special was fifth with 4.5 million people watching.
ITV1's opposition, the feature film The Mummy averaged just 3 million viewers.
With just Sunday's ratings to come, Doctor Who is currently the 5th most watched programme of the week, virtually guaranteeing a top ten place when the final figures are compiled. It currently stands ahead of all episodes of Emmerdale, three episodes of EastEnders and one episode of Coronation Street.
The children's audience was 1.5 million which was a 55.6% share of the 4-15 year olds watching television.
On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.93 million making it the most watched programme on multichannel television with a 5.7% share of the audience. This is the highest rating of the series and the second highest rating the programme has received on the channel.
Earlier in the day the showing of the compilation of the animated story Doctor Who - The Infinite Quest had 0.6 million viewers.
Mickey To Return For Seson Four?
TV Series NewsJuly 1, 2007 Posted By Nathan Baron
In an interview with the Sci-Fi Wire website, Noel Clarke has hinted at Mickey's possible return in the upcoming fourth season of Doctor Who. When he was asked whether he had written any more scripts for Torchwood, he replied: "I'm not doing the second season of Torchwood, because I'm doing things that I can't talk about."
When asked how would Mickey's return would be explained, Noel Clarke said: "The only thing I could say is that it's sci-fi, right? And in sci-fi, there's no real rules, is there?"