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June 2007

Finale Cast Developments, Christmas Update - Spoilers
TV Series News
June 30, 2007  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Tonight's broadcast of Last of the Time Lords, the third season finale of Doctor Who on BBC1, was telecast at 51 minutes long -- the longest episode of the series since its 2005 revival -- and brought with it some of its own headline news items, including major cast developments. Though much of this information will likely be in the mainstream press within the next day or two, we've protected the most important Doctor Who related updates below in the spoiler tags; click on it for details.
Confirming the essence of a story first reported several weeks ago in the Sun, Freema Agyeman left Doctor Who as a series regular at the end of this episode, choosing to remain behind with her family in present-day England. Agyeman's most recent denial in "Radio Times" stated that she was not sacked from the series, contrary to the Sun report; however, as Outpost Gallifrey and other sites have reported, the news did not deny that Agyeman was leaving as a series regular (nor that she was not remaining by her own choice). The end of "Last of the Time Lords" suggests that we will see Martha again, as she gives her mobile phone to the Doctor (David Tennant), likely as a guest star next series; press reports from the Mirror this past week indicate that the fourth series of Doctor Who will see a new companion next year, with Martha making an occasional appearance. (At the time of the Mirror report, "Last of the Time Lords" had not yet aired, and while the article mentions she "won't be in every episode next year, but will appear in the occasional episode for both Doctor Who and Torchwood," it is likely that this was a bit of obfuscation of the as-yet-unannounced departure.)

UPDATE: Russell T Davies has promised on tonight's Confidential that there will be news soon (a possible press release early next week) about Freema's future with the programme, likely as a guest character or recurring (like John Barrowman this series).

John Barrowman also departs from Doctor Who again, as Captain Jack Harkness returns to his base of operations in Cardiff for the second series of "Torchwood" to be aired later this year.

John Simm will (obviously, from the story) not be returning as the Master in subsequent episodes; however, the theft of his ring by a woman (perhaps Lucy Saxon but possibly someone else entirely) indicates that the Master will perhaps be back in next year's episodes.

Meanwhile, the upcoming 2007 Christmas special will be entitled Voyage of the Damned and has something to do with the voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, judging from the name of the vessel on the life ring found within the TARDIS in the close of today's episode (not to mention, the ship's hull through the walls of the console room!) There is no word as yet as to who will join David Tennant for the episode, although there has been much media speculation about singer Kylie Minogue (we're not sure yet if these are real or simply press hype.)
Who on Two
June 30, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Two Doctor Who stars have been making appearances on BBC Radio Two.

Freema Aygeman was the guest on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Friday.

The programme will be available for the next six days via the BBC's listen again feature. The interview starts about 1 hour 27 minutes into the programme.

On Saturday morning Mark Gatiss was a guest on Jonathan Ross.

This programme can be heard for the next seven days via the listen again feature. Mark Gatiss appears about 47 minutes into the programme.
Friday Ratings
June 30, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who had a strong performance on Friday night with unofficial figures showing that 0.55 million watched the BBC3 repeat of Episode twelve, The Sound of Drums, a 3.3% share of the audience.

This was the highest rating the programme has received in this time slot and was enough to make the programme the second most watched multichannel programme for the day.

The earlier repeat of Episode Eleven, Utopia had 0.32 million viewers, a 2.1% share of the audience.

Doctor Who Confidential also did well with 0.33 million watching at 8.45pm and 0.43 million watching at 9.45pm, enough to make this showing the 8th most watched multichannel programme of the day.
Eight Minutes More
June 29, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
FreemaAygeman.com is reporting that finale episode Last of the Time Lords will be twenty percent longer than the other episodes. This episode will time in at 51 minutes, while the others were 43 minutes long.
Utopia - Final Ratings
June 29, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Final official ratings released by BARB show that Episode Eleven, Utopia was watched by 7.84 million viewers.

It was the 4th most watched programme on BBC1 for the week and the 14th most watched on all UK Television. On Saturday night it was beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talent which dominated the top twenty.

On Multichannel Television, the Sunday repeat got 0.82 million viewers and was the 4th most watched programme of the week.

Saturdays Doctor Who Confidential was eighth in the list with 0.74 million viewers, with the Sunday repeat getting 0.46 million and coming in at 32nd in the list.
Top Twenty Programmes (w/e 17 June 2007)

1 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SUN 2000) - 11.58 - ITV1
2 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SUN 2206) - 11.45 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 10.10 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 9.70 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 9.64 - ITV1
6 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1933) - 9.44 - ITV1
7 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 1946) - 9.29 - ITV1
8 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (FRI 2100) - 9.28 - ITV1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1932) - 8.68 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 8.44 - BBC1
11 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 8.40 - BBC1
12 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (THU 2102) - 8.36 - ITV1
13 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 8.07 - ITV1
14 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1914) - 7.84 - BBC1
15 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (WED 2103) - 7.51 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (WED 1858) - 7.42 - ITV1
17 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (TUE 2105) - 7.39 - ITV1
18 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 7.34 - ITV1
19 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (MON 2100) - 7.28 - ITV1
20 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.09 - BBC1

Top Twenty Multichannel

1 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 952,000 - BBC3      
2 F1: QUALIFYING (Sat 1731) 861,000 - ITV4      
3 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 828,000 - Five Life
4 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 820,000 - BBC3      
5 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Wed 2229) 799,000 - ITV2      
6 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 760,000 - Five Life
7 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 742,000 - Five Life
8 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 2002) 737,000 - BBC3      
9 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 693,000 - E4      In
10 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 685,000 - Five Life
11 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 669,000 - Five Life
12 EUROPEAN U21 CHAMPIONSHIP (Thu 1923) 654,000 - Sky Sports
13 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Sun 2235) 652,000 - ITV2      
14 THE SIMPSONS (Sun 1831) 643,000 - Sky 1     
15 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Tue 2229) 612,000 - ITV2      
16 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2101) 609,000 ITV2      
17 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 598,000 E4      In
18 FILM: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (Sat 2147) 577,000 BBC3      
19 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Thu 2230) 575,000 ITV2      
20 60 SECONDS (Sun 1959) 558,000 BBC3      

Source: BARB
Big Finish Update
Big Finish
June 29, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Big Finish Productions has announced some of their upcoming releases.

There will be four more installments of the popular Companion Chronicles series, as was previously reported by Outpost Gallifrey. The series will include:

Mother Russia by Marc Platt features the 1st Doctor and Steven read by Peter Purves
Helicon Prime by Jack Elliott features the 2nd Doctor and Jamie read by Frazer Hines
Old Soldiers by James Swallow featuring the 3rd Doctor and the Brigadier read by Nicholas Courtney
The Catalyst by Nigel Fairs featuring the 4th Doctor and Leela read by Louise Jameson

Also announced are the titles of the second series of adventures for the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller.

Grand Theft Cosmos by Eddie Robson
Title TBA by Paul Magrs
The Skull of Sobek by Marc Platt
Max Warp by Jonathan Morris
Title TBC by Jonathan Clements
Kidnapped (Part 1) and Vengeance (Part 2) by Nick Briggs

Doctor Who Magazine also confirmed some cast changes that are coming at the end of the year, please click on the SPOILER tag below for more information.
Charley and C'rizz are both confirmed to be leaving the Eighth Doctor's company at the end of the year. C'rizz in Absolution, and Charley in The Girl Who Never Was.
TV Guide picks top cult series
June 29, 2007  •  Posted By Brigadier Bill
The American listings magazine TV GUIDE has named its top 30 Cult TV series of all time. Doctor Who comes in at number 22 after Freaks and Geeks and before the original Dark Shadows. For the full list go to
Season Four TARDIS developments
TV Series News
June 29, 2007  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
The Mirror this morning reports on some changes in store for the TARDIS crew during the course of next year - if correct the article contains a number of spoilers!

The article also ends with a comment from "Beeb's drama supremo" Jane Tranter: "One thing is certain, Doctor Who will be around on BBC1 for years to come."

Details are below, and you can read the full article at the Mirror's website - do so at your peril!
According to the Mirror article, there will be a new companion in the TARDIS from next year: "A show insider reveals: 'Martha will still be in Doctor Who, but her relationship with the doctor will have changed. The truth is that she loves him but he doesn't feel the same way. She is going to have to share him because he'll be getting a different sidekick. And this is a major addition to the cast.'"

The article goes on to mention that Martha won't be in every episode next year, but will appear in the occasional episode for both Doctor Who and Torchwood. The item also repeats previous reports that singer Kylie Minogue will be the (only) companion in this year's Christmas Special.
Canada: Doctor Who pre-empted July 2nd, Gridlock delayed one week
June 28, 2007  •  Posted By Mike Doran
On Monday July 2nd Doctor Who will be pre-empted by the CBC.

The schedule change is due to the network-wide broadcast from Edmonton of a live match from the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The tournament is being hosted by Canada.

New Doctor Who will return on Monday July 9th with Gridlock.
DW And Torchwood Help Boost BBC Profits
June 28, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
Overseas sales of Doctor Who and Torchwood have helped give BBC Worldwide record profits.

The corporation said today that its commercial arm enjoyed record pre-tax profits of 111.1m pounds - a rise of 24 per cent on 89.4m pounds.

A report by BBC News says total sales to March 31 rose from 785.1m pounds to 810.4m.

It adds that Doctor Who and Torchwood were among the notable success stories.

The story is illustrated with a still from The Runaway Bride, with the caption saying more than 1.9 million Doctor Who DVDs have been sold across the globe.

However, losses from digital media widened from 1.6m to 3.9m.

Income from the sale of BBC content and its other commercial ventures goes back into programme-making.

Also reported by Media Guardian (free registration may be required) and Digital Spy.

According to reports, Series Two of Doctor Who and the BBC's revival of Robin Hood, which co-stars Sam Troughton, grandson of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, were two of the best-selling programmes.

Meanwhile, the Independent published an article on Sunday which examined the budget issues the BBC is facing after an expected 2bn pound deficit from the licence fee. Entitled "Who will be exterminated as the Beeb slices back?", the item mentions that Director General, Mark Thompson is resisting across-the-board cuts but could be overidden by the BBC Trust.

The trust has been presented with a number of options for the future, which include "cutting entire services, making thousands more staff redundant, slashing expenditure on lowbrow daytime television shows and slicing budgets across the corporation.

"Headline proposals include merging the six and 10 o'clock news on BBC 1 with the rolling news channel BBC News 24, and making fewer hours of original dramas like Dr Who, Torchwood and Hustle."

FOOTNOTE: The chief executive of BBC Worldwide is called John Smith . . .

(Additional reporting by Chuck Foster)
Australian media coverage
Press Clips
June 27, 2007  •  Posted By Adam Kirk
In the run-up to The Runaway Bride's Australian debut tonight on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Thursday June 28, 8.35pm), the Australian media have had a number of features on Doctor Who. The Sydney Morning Herald has a Michael Idato interview with David Tennant as does the Brisbane Courier-Mail. In the Courier-Mail interview, which includes audio, there is mention of Tennant having a breakfast meeting with the BBC Head of Drama.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph also has an interview with Tennant, where he says that his 'childhood love for Who stems from a childhood adulation of superheroes.' Their TV guide describes the Runaway Bride as 'a monumental Who adventure that barely takes its foot off the pedal.'

The SMH's online TV guide also previews the Runaway Bride while Robin Oliver describes the Christmas Special as 'a clarion call for series three'.

Torchwood has also been receiving plenty of attention from the Australian press. Ruth Ritchie of the Sydney Morning Herald reviews the show and the Daily Telegraph interviews John Barrowman. The Telegraph's latest TV guide also says: 'Torchwood - if given the right promotion by its network - should prove a stable hit. Fun viewing for time travellers and mere mortals alike.'

Channel Ten also mentions the ratings success of the show's debut in its weekly press release. Channel Ten's Torchwood website is also featuring online episodes of Torchwood Declassified.

Ratings update 29 June 2007: According to the SMH's Tribal Mind the Runaway Bride rated 846,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was beaten by Channel Nine's RPA: Where Are They Now? and Channel Ten's Law & Order: SVU in the 8.30pm timeslot.

Meanwhile, Crikey TV commentator, Glenn Dyer, has described the Runaway Bride as 'entertaining and good TV. 846,000 viewers agreed with me . . . [I]t was one of the best bits of TV this year for me.'
John Barrowman on GMTV
June 27, 2007  •  Posted By Peter Weaver
John Barrowman will be a guest on GMTV, appearing "live from the set of Doctor Who", broadcast on ITV1, Friday 29th June 2007. Barrowman is listed in the Entertainment Today segment (starting 8.35am and ending 9.25am).
(GMTV's website).
Paul McGann interview
June 26, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Eighth Doctor Paul McGann has given an interview to BBC News Online.

In it he mentions Doctor Who, his initial reluctance to take the part, what won him over, and that kiss.

Thanks to Ian Kildin
Freema Agyeman on Richard and Judy
June 26, 2007  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
Freema Agyeman will be a guest on this afternoon's edition of Richard and Judy, broadcast on Channel 4 from 5:00pm. Says the show writeup: "This Saturday the season finale of Doctor Who, Last of the Timelords hits our screens, full of plenty of thrills and action for Doctor Who fans everywhere. Winning over critics and fans alike as Doctor Who's sexy assistant Martha Jones, actress Freema Agyeman is one of TV's newest and brightest stars. She joins Richard and Judy on the sofa to talk about the latest series and her plans for the future."

Channel 4 Richard and Judy link (for current day's show only)
Radio Times Covers
June 26, 2007  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
The new issue of Radio Times, on sale Tuesday 26th, features two collectors edition covers promoting the season finale of Doctor Who. Click on the previews below for larger views of the two covers.

The third preview is the one picture formed when the covers are placed side by side, and this print is available to purchase from the Science and Society Picture Library.

The new issue of the magazine visits the set of Doctor Who for the series finale in the company of Freema Agyeman. It includes behind the scenes pictures and comments from Freema and hints from Russell T Davies on the plot. ("The final episode [Last of the Time Lords] is a massive quest, it’s very stirring, and there are some very dark moments in amongst the fun.")
Doctor Who: Podshock 86
June 25, 2007  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon

Episode 86 of Doctor Who: Podshock is now available.

"He's got control of everything."

Note: This episode was recorded LIVE on the net on the 24th of June 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 twelfth episode of the 2007 series "The Sound of Drums", 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 86
For the Week of the 25th of June 2007. Recorded LIVE on the net

Running Time: 1:54:09

Live Roundtable Episode Review of "The Sound of Drums", featuring our regular contributors Darth Skeptical, Taras Hnatyshyn, Joey Reynolds (host of American Who) and West Hubbard (host of the CIA podcast) with live listener feedback. Hosted by Louis Trapani, and Ken Deep. Recorded live on the net via TalkShoe on Sunday, 24th of June 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...

Brought to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and presented by Outpost Gallifrey.

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 86 of Doctor Who: Podshock since it did not go through post production.

-> Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 86 (MP3 format, 45.9 MB)

If you are subscribing to our podcast via one of the feeds, you will get it automatically. If not, you can also grab it manually using the link above.

Canada: The Shakespeare Code on CBC and in Metro
June 25, 2007  •  Posted By Mike Doran
The Shakespeare Code airs tonight, Monday June 25th, 2007 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at 8:00pm (8:30pm in Newfoundland). The episode has received a Critics' Corner recommendation in freebie newspaper Metro. Metro publishes editions in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton but not all cities are recommending Doctor Who tonight. The Doctor Who mention can be found on different pages in different cities or can be read online at the Metro website.
Sarah Jane comes to DVD
DVD and Video
June 25, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Shop has announced that The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane is due to be released on Region 2 DVD in the UK on October 29th.
Sarah Jane Smith is a truly remarkable woman. She inhabits a world of mystery, danger and wonder. A world where aliens are commonplace and the Earth is constantly under threat. A world that Maria Jackson - a seemingly ordinary girl - can only dream of until she moves in next door. Nothing will ever be ordinary again. In the first adventure, there's a new drink taking the world by storm - Bubbleshock! Everyone's drinking it. When Maria's dragged along to the factory tour by her new friend, Kelsey - a girl with an opinion on everything - she's plunged into the sinister world of Bubbleshock and the mysterious Mrs Wormwood. There's something terrible behind the hype - something Sarah Jane's interested in too...

The Sarah Jane Adventures are thrilling stories for children. Big adventures, superb effects, wicked comedy.
Last Of The Time Lords Trailer
TV Series News
June 25, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The full trailer for Last Of The Time Lords, which aired on BBC TV yesterday, is now available to view on the official programme website.

The climax to Series Three will be shown on BBC1 this coming Saturday at 7.05pm.
Who is the Greatest Doctor Who?
June 25, 2007  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
The UK digital channel UKTV Drama will be running a special Doctor Who weekend on the 14th-15th July, and as a part of the proceedings fans will be able to vote for their favourite Doctor in an online poll.

The vote can be made from the UKTV Drama website between 29th June through to 13th July.
Sound of Drums - AI Figure and Sunday Repeat
June 25, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Episode 12, The Sound of Drums, achieved an Appreciation Index score of 87, way ahead of any other programme on the five main channels on Saturday and the joint highest AI figure of the week.

The second highest placing on BBC1 was Jekyll which got 83 and on ITV1 the highest place went to Parkinson with 79. Of the remaining three channels CSI:NY scored highest with 85.

The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

On BBC3 the Sunday repeat got an audience of 1.01 million viewers, which was a 5.2% share. The programme was once more the most watched multichannel programme of the day, beating The Simpsons on Sky One.

Also on BBC3, last Sundays repeat of Utopia scored an AI of 88 and Saurdays Doctor Who Confidential scored 85.

With overnight ratings for Sunday now available, Doctor Who is the 11th most watched programme of the week. There is a slim possibility of a top ten place when official final figures are released by BARB in about nine days time.
Week Thirteen - 7.05pm start
June 24, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Season Three of Doctor Who comes to a close in the UK next Saturday with episode thirteen, Last of the Time Lords, being broadcast at the slightly earlier time of 7.05pm.

The programme is preceded by a repeat of The Weakest Link: Dr Who Special, which was originally seen on the day before the season premier. The programme pits Doctor Who stars, including David Tennant, John Barrowman, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, K9 and Tracy-Anne Oberman, against Anne Robinson.

Following Doctor Who, BBC One viewers can see The National Lottery Draws and Casualty.

ITV1 puts the feature film The Mummy up against the Doctor. The 1999 film stars Brendan Fraser,Rachel Weisz and John Hannah in a fantasy adventure about the search for buried treasure protected by an ancient mummy's curse.

Sports fans are catered for by BBC Two with tennis from south west London in Wimbledon 2007. Weather permitting, it is the 3rd round in the men's and women's singles.

Channel 4 has a look at The 100 Greatest War Films. The first half of a two-part show counting down the 100 Greatest War Films of all time as voted for by the British public. Highlights include Platoon, Schindler's List and The Deer Hunter.

Channel 5 goes royal with William and Harry: The Interview. It is an interview given to Matt Lauer of the US network NBC, in which Prince William and Prince Harry give a unique insight into their lives.

NB: BBC Two will be showing the complete animated adventure Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest, originally shown as part of the Totally Doctor Who series, at 10.30am on Saturday morning. The Doctor and Martha follow a trail of clues across alien worlds to find the location of a legendary lost spaceship.

Doctor Who Confidential is on BBC3 at 7.55pm.
Sound of Drums - Overnight Ratings
June 24, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Unofficial overnight figures show that episode twelve, The Sound of Drums, was watched by 6.9 million viewers, a 38.2% share of the total television audience.

The programme was back on top of the charts as the most watched propgramme of the day, both by audience and share, with over a million viewers more than Casualty. It beat its direct opposition on ITV1, the premier of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, getting more than double the film's audience.

With just Sunday's ratings to come, Doctor Who is currently the 9th most watched programme of the week, holding out the possibility of a top ten final place.

The children's audience was 1.2 million which was a 49.7% share of the 4-15 year olds watching television.

On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.88 million making it the by far the most watched programme on multichannel television. The share was 5.7%.
Big Finish Update
Big Finish
June 23, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions have released more information on their upcoming releases for 2007. They have released teaser blurbs for Son of the Dragon, Absolution, The Mind's Eye, and The Girl Who Never Was.

Also released is the cover for Human Resources Part 2, the final release in the McGann BBC7 series.
Son of the Dragon (September)

I am Prince Vlad III - son of Vlad the Great, and sovereign and ruler of Ungro-Walachia and the duchies of Amlas and Fagaras.

But since my father's murder, I have had another name.

I am Dracula.

(Features the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem)

Absolution (October)

Confession. Penance. Absolution.

The Tardis breaks down in a forbidden sector of space. Ghostly voices cry out for salvation and only C'rizz, the Doctor's Eutermesan companion, can answer their call - for only he knows the secret of the Absolver. But will he use it to rescue his friends or save the universe?

The Doctor's sins are catching up with him and the infernal beast Borarus is hungry. Time is running out and Judgement Day is at hand.

Welcome to Hell.

(Features the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C'rizz)

The Mind's Eye (November)

This is a warning to all space farers. You must keep away from this planet. It’s hostile, repeat, hostile.

On a planet with no name, the Doctor finds himself confronted by a faulty memory and some killer plants.

In a distant galaxy, Erimem leads a troubled empire.

Back on Earth, Peri tells her son about the good old days when she used to travel with a man called The Doctor.

(Features the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem)

The Girl Who Never Was (December)

'Dot dot dot, dash dash dash, dot dot dot. Someone's listening. Somewhere.'

A ghost ship. A girl with no memory, adrift in time. An old enemy. This could be Charlotte Pollard's finest hour - or her last.

Set course for Singapore, 1931. Journey's end.

(Features the Eighth Doctor and Charley)

The Sound of Drums Press
Press Clips
June 22, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
Britain's newspapers and blogs are beating the drums for The Sound of Drums. The Stage's blog calls the episode "a bonkers, brilliant beginning of the end for the third series of Doctor Who." Saturday's Times squeezes in three Doctor Who references: first, a preview of the episode in TV Choice says, "The second part of this fiendishly involved story by Russell T. Davies involves John Simm masquerading as the Prime Minister. His style is presidential and he treats the Cabinet with contempt. His policies may lack substance, but everyone voted for him because, as Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) says: "He always sounded good - like you could trust him." Second, an article in the main section of the paper discusses the Vote Saxon campaign and outlines Mr. Saxon's electoral manifesto. And finally, Caitlin Moran puts things into perspective by pointing out that Britain will be saying farewell to Tony Blair this week and to Doctor Who next week: "Obviously we know which is the more significant - is the Prime Minister on the cover of the Daily Mirror’s We Love Telly supplement? Has he ever killed a Dalek? Considered in this light - which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the right light - it seems amazing that Channel 4 News has even mentioned Blair’s resignation."

Thanks to "springyrice" and "PolyG" of the Outpost Gallifrey Forum.
Tennant 'In Stitches'
June 22, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
David Tennant is to feature in Cross Stitcher magazine's Stitch A Star, which shows how to create embroidered portraits of celebrities.

Christopher Eccleston was in the Future publication's hall of fame previously.

Tennant appears in issue 189 of the magazine, which goes on sale on Thursday, June 28.
Sarah Jane Novels
June 20, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Amazon.co.uk has listed four Sarah Jane Adventures novels to be released on November 1st, 2007. The first is a novelisation of Invasion of the Bane. Further information on the remaining titles is not available at this time.

Thanks to Kieran Seymour for the information.
Doctor Who Magazine 384
June 20, 2007  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out on Thursday 28th June, comes with two alternative covers depicting television's Number One villain - The Master (see a preview of the covers below). Choose between Derek Jacobi and John Simm, both of whom speak exclusively to the Magazine about breathing new life into the Doctor's old nemesis...

"I've tried to explain to my son that his dad is going to be, like, the epitome of evil," John Simm laughs, "but if I say, 'I have a fight with Doctor Who,' and ask him who he wants to win, he'll say Doctor Who! It's one of those opportunities, though, to impress your son in a massive way, and that was just too good to turn down. Julie Gardner was trying to find something for me to do in it, and I kept saying, 'Look, I'm not being painted blue!' And then Julie and Russell T Davies said, 'What about the Master?' As soon as they said that, I was like, 'You're kidding? Oh yeah!' I got really excited about it, but I just had to sit on the news. I wanted to tell people, 'I'M GOING TO BE THE MASTER!!!' But it was a secret. Hmft."

Also this issue, there's a preview of the devastating climax to Series Three, Last of the Time Lords, as the Doctor, Martha and Jack struggle to save the Earth from the Master's clutches.

Plus showrunner Russell T Davies tells the story of how he resurrected the Master ("Did you hear me say that I didn't like the Master, and didn't want him back? Well, I was lying!") and DWM visits a haunted house to find out how Blink was brought to our screens. Meanwhile, there's a look at the darker side of the Doctor's nature, as we wonder whether his punishment of the Family of Blood is a sign of things to come... Oh, and we go all Smash Hits as we speak to top pop group McFly (honestly!) and look back at Doctor Who's many celebrity cameos. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Martha uncover the secret of the High Goliax in the conclusion of our comic strip adventure, The Woman Who Sold the World.

There is also Production Notes from writer Steven Moffat, a Matrix Data Bank where three defeated villains face the wrath of Sir Alan Sugar, the results of the 2006 Off the Shelf Awards, and a visit to Sea Base Four for those creatures of the inkiest depths, The Time Team. Not to mention the usual audio and DVD previews, reviews of the latest episodes and the newest merchandise, and more exclusive news hotfoot from BBC Wales.
Blink - Official Ratings
June 20, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Final official figures published by BARB give Episode 10, Blink a rating of 6.62 million viewers.

The programme was the 7th most watched on BBC1 and the 16th most watched programme on British television for the week.

On BBC3 the Sunday repeat had an official rating of 0.75 million viewers. It was the second most viewed programme on the channel for the week, and the 6th on all multichannel television.

Saturday's Doctor Who Confidential got a rating of 0.69 million and was the 10th most watched programme of the week.
Top Twenty Programmes (W/E 10 June 2007)

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 10.09 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 9.91 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 8.86 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 8.85 - ITV1
5 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 8.77 - BBC1
6 CORONATION STREET (SUN 2002) - 8.66 - ITV1
7 EASTENDERS (THU 1931) - 8.55 - BBC1
8 ANY DREAM WILL DO (SAT 2202) - 8.28 - BBC1
9 NEW TRICKS (MON 2101) - 7.13 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 6.90 - BBC1
11 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 6.89 - ITV1
12 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 6.84 - ITV1
13 ANY DREAM WILL DO (SAT 2003) - 6.80 - BBC1
14 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SUN 2032) - 6.73 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 6.64 - ITV1
16 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1909) - 6.62 - BBC1
17 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2101) - 6.60 - BBC1
18 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.43 - ITV1
19 EMMERDALE (TUE 1900) - 6.34 - ITV1
20 CASUALTY (SAT 2112) - 6.32 - BBC1

Multichannel Top Twenty

1 INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LIVE (Wed 1911) 1,583,000 - Sky Sports
2 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,218,000 - ITV2
3 EASTENDERS (Tue 2201) 1,089,000 - BBC3
4 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Sat 2225) 924,000 - ITV2
5 THE SIMPSONS (Sun 1833) 770,000 - Sky 1
6 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 752,000 - BBC3
7 60 SECONDS (Tue 2159) 718,000 - BBC3
8 UGLY BETTY (Wed 2102) 708,000 - E4
9 BIG BROTHER'S BIG MOUTH (Tue 2305) 696,000 - E4
10 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1954) 686,000 - BBC3
11 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 628,000 - Five Life
12 BIG BROTHER'S LITTLE BROTHER (Thu 1932) 625,000 - E4
13 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT (Sun 2159) 621,000 - ITV2
14 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 617,000 - Five Life
15 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 614,000 - E4
16 FILM: SHAUN OF THE DEAD (Mon 2152) 576,000 ITV2
17 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 569,000 Five Life
18 FILM: RAMBO FIRST BLOOD (Sat 2143) 567,000 BBC3
19 HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1859) 561,000 E4
20 FILM: SHAUN OF THE DEAD (Mon 2105) 560,000 ITV2

Source BARB
Freema's 60 Second Interview
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
UK freebie newspaper Metro today features Freema Agyeman in their 60 Second Interview. Freema talks candidly (and quickly!) about attending Star Trek conventions, working at Blockbuster, having an action figure of herself, and getting attacked by her hamsters!

Read the interview here.
Murray Gold Interview
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
ScoreNotes.com, a website dedicated to the appreciation and respect for the music soundtrack industry, has placed online an interview with Doctor Who composer Murray Gold.

The 18 minute interview is available as a Real Audio file or an MP3 file.
WETA Collectibles Goes Behind the Sofa...
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Michael Regina
Interesting news from the land of kiwis and sheep: the craftsmen extraordinaire at WETA Collectibles have let word slip online that a Doctor Who brand of merchandise may soon become available.

Simply click on over to the WETA Holics section to find the teaser..with a promise of 'More information available in time'.

Speculation is mounting over on their forums as well.
Contest Winners Announced
Big Finish
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have announced the winners of the Big Finish Short Story Contest. Michael Coen's What I Did On My Holidays has won the competition, aimed at previously unpublished new writers. The story - which features the second Doctor and his friends Jamie and Zoe - will be published in the Defining Patterns anthology in September of this year.

Norman's homework worries his teacher. Instead of a trip to the beach or the zoo, it's about meeting a man from the future. Norman of course knows better than to talk to strange men, but this is his own grown-up self. Surely he can't mean any harm... Can he?

"It's a lively, funny and strangely moving story," enthuses chief-judge Simon Guerrier. "Michael keeps you guessing all the way along. And, very importantly, he's really brings the second Doctor to life."

"To have actually won the competition is a huge surprise and an absolute delight," says Michael. "I can't wait to see my story in print and I'm also looking forward to reading the stories from other entrants, which I'm sure are equally deserving."

"We had an incredibly strong shortlist of the best 25 entries," explains Guerrier. "Defining Patterns will see Michael's story published alongside many established and well-known writers. But we felt our shortlist was of such quality that it deserved a whole book of its own."

This special anthology, deftly titled How The Doctor Changed My Life, will be published in late 2008. The 24 runners up are:

Violet Addison; Steven Alexander; Mike Amberry; Arnold T Blumberg; Anna Bratton; John Callaghan; Dann Chinn; Stephen Dunn; Richard Goff; Peter Hallbright; Tim Lambert; JR Loflin; Nick May; James C McFetridge; Simon Moore; Michael Montoure; LM Myles; Einar Olgeirsson; Bernard O'Toole; Andrew K Purvis; Michael Rees; Mark Smith; Chris Wing; Caleb Woodbridge.

Simon Guerrier has provided Outpost Gallifrey with some general feedback for contest entrants, which can be viewed by clicking the Spoiler link below, or viewed in our forum.

What follows are some common things I saw in the more than 1,000 stories we received. They're not necessarily things that people got 'wrong', but pointers that (I hope) might improve your next piece of writing.

These notes will not cure baldness or veruccas. Reading them won't automatically get your Doctor Who stories published, nor will they magically transform you into a professional writer. That takes practice and perseverance (well, not the baldness and veruccas). If you really want to write, you've probably got more rejections to come - I'm still collecting them, anyway.

These notes aren't rules or laws of physics. Others might disagree with any or all of them. I probably ignore at least some of them in my own published Doctor Who stories. Remember: these are the irrational prejudices of one crabby old editor, too dim to see the shiny brilliance of your story.

You may even feel having read the notes that your story did everything right. That just means we preferred other stories over yours. I said we were dim.

Please don't send us a revised version of your story. Big Finish simply don't have the time to read them. We're a small company and we've only limited resources. I was employed as a freelancer to read the competition entries, and now I'm off to do other things.

I don't know whether we'll run another competition like this one. It's been a huge success, but also entailed a great deal of time and effort on our part. The final decision isn't up to me, though, and if something like this happens again, I think it is somebody else's turn to run it. If that's the case, there'll be announcements - so keep an eye on www.bigfinish.com.

Lastly, some recommended reading. The Writers and Artists' Handbook is a must for anyone serious about this sort of thing. I'd also recommend William Goldman's Which Lie Did I Tell? and Robert McKee's Story. They're both about writing screenplays but a lot of the advice applies generally. (I was recommended Story in a letter rejecting an idea for a Doctor Who novel.)

The Turkey City Lexicon will help you spot and eliminate science-fiction clichés in your writing. The BBC's writersroom is full of useful advice, too. And here at Outpost Gallifrey's Mythmakers forum you can compare your stories and swap feedback with other competition entrants. Right then...

1. Classic Doctors...
There were only a few of these, but we had to disqualify stories with the ninth or tenth Doctors, Daleks, Cybermen, Rose, Grace Holloway, psychic paper, the Time War, etc. We don't have a licence for these things. No matter how brilliant your story, if your story depended on any of these there was no way you could win.

(We can't even include references to these things either - but in most cases such mentionings could have been removed easily.)

2. ...Brand new adventures
Some stories depended too much on stuff from previous Doctor Who stories. Some were even direct sequels. Often, without these recycled continuity elements, there wouldn't have been any story.

3. The plotters
Some stories didn't have enough of a plot. Although a single conversation or moment can give insight into character, we still need a story to drive it. The Doctor and companion discuss their favourite movies: no. The Doctor and companion discuss their favourite movies while on the run from some robot monsters: yes!

Taking those last two points together, there was one plot we saw a lot of: the Doctor sees some children playing. When he then sees their mother, she's his granddaughter Susan. The end.

That's not so much a story as a scene. Much better if when he sees the children, they're being attacked by a monster and he has to save them.

No, wait - even better! He charges in to save these poor children but they don't need his help. These kids are brilliant, and the monster's fallen into their trap. In fact, they have to save the Doctor. He's a bit shaken by all this, so they take him home for tea. And that's when he sees who their mum is!

Same idea, but now it's a story. (What do you mean, "corny"?)

4. A family show
Like not using new series stuff, we're not able to publish stories which feature swearing, sex and/or gratuitous violence. You don't have to write specifically for children, but you shouldn't exclude them, either.

5. Did the Doctor change my life?
We needed to see people affected by their encounters with the Doctor. In some stories, events would have turned out more or less the same if the Doctor hadn't been involved. In other stories, the Doctor stopped a monster or brought down a dictator, but we didn't get an insight into how life was then different - usually because these stories weren't told from one person's point of view.

6. A strong central idea
A simple, clever premise helped to make the 25 stories on our shortlist stand out. They were each easily memorable as "the one with...". Some stories just felt a bit generic - the Doctor presses some buttons and so sees off a monster.

7. In the telling
With so many entries, it wasn't enough for your prose just to be okay. Your story had to engage us immediately, then keep us hooked right up to the end. That magic spell can be broken by clumsy grammar and punctuation, by overly long sentences (especially when it's the very first one!), by overwrought or clichéd imagery, and by using too many adjectives. Some stories felt as if the authors were trying too hard to impress us (and so failed to do so). Much better to keep things simple.

8. Oomf from the get-go
There's a difference between the suspense of waiting for something to happen, and getting bored waiting for anything to happen. Some stories felt like they were just setting up a single, climactic ending. One way out of this: start with your brilliant climax, and then work upwards from there.

9. Lists
Descriptions shouldn't hold up the telling. We don't need to know every detail of what someone's wearing or what objects are in a room. We just need enough of a glimpse to know where we are.

10. I am the Doctor
In some stories it was difficult to tell which Doctor was involved. Sometimes a Doctor would be physically described as, for example, the second Doctor, but would behave and sound like the sixth. This was also sometimes true of the companions.

11. Waving not drowning
Doctor Who doesn't have to be all sunshine and fluffy bunnies, but it is a fun and lively show and the Doctor's a funny bloke. A sense of humour can also give depth to a scary or downbeat story. The Doctor ruining people's lives and driving them to suicide doesn't really match the feel of the series.

12. In the frame
Some stories used interesting and innovative framing devices which helped to hook the reader, before the "real" story was told. Often, though, these "real" stories weren't nearly so interesting.

13. Research
Some stories got their continuity wrong, or told stories that had been done before in books or comics or audio plays. And most galling of all: one or two stories were too like forthcoming stories... Annoyingly, there's nothing you can do about that. I've done it many times myself.
Doctor Who audiobooks
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
BBC Audiobooks have released details of their next three Storybooks due to be released on 2 July 2007.

The Last Dodo by Jacqueline Rayner.

Civilisations rise and fall, time moves on - and species die out. Extinction is a fact of life in the universe. But extinction doesn't have to be for ever. The TARDIS arrives in the Museum of the Last Ones - a facility dedicated to preserving the final specimens of every species in the universe. But all is not well, and before long the Doctor and Martha are in deep trouble.
How will Martha react to the stasis cabinets and preservation techniques? What will happen if – and when – the stasis fields break down and the specimens escape? And how will the Curator of the Museum react to the arrival of the last surviving Time Lord?

Abridged reading by Freema Agyeman.

Wooden Heart by Martin Day.

The Castor, a vast starship, seemingly deserted, spinning slowly in the void of deep space. Martha and the Doctor explore the drifting tomb, and discover that they may not be alone after all...Who survived the disaster that overcame the rest of the crew? What continues to power the vessel? And why has a stretch of wooded countryside suddenly appeared in the middle of the craft? As the Doctor and Martha journey through the forest, they find a mysterious, fogbound village - a village traumatised by missing children and tales of its own destruction...

Read by Adjoa Andoh (who plays Francine Jones in the TV series).

Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole

The TARDIS lands the Doctor and Martha in the Lake District in 1909, where a small village has been terrorised by a giant, scaly monster. The search is on for the elusive 'Beast of Westmorland', and explorers, naturalists and hunters from across the country are descending on the fells. King Edward VII himself is on his way to join the search, with a knighthood for whoever finds the Beast. But there is a more sinister presence at work in the Lakes than a mere monster on the rampage, and the Doctor is soon embroiled in the plans of an old and terrifying enemy. And as the hunters become the hunted, a desperate battle of wits begins - with the future of the entire world at stake...

Abridged reading by Reggie Yates (Leo Jones in the TV series).
James Marsters in Torchwood
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
American actor and musician, James Marsters has been signed up for a guest appearance in Series Two of Torchwood

Marsters has previously played Spike in the American series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as appearing in Smallville playing Dr. Milton Fine.

Marsters is also an acclaimed musician having played in bands and solo in bars and clubs for many years and he was the lead singer for the rock band Ghost of the Robot.

The appearance in Torchwood was revealed on the website James Marsters Live. The site also announced that Marsters will be playing a one-off concert in Cardiff on Saturday, July 21.

He will be appearing at The Point in Mount Stuart Square. Tickets are now on sale.

Thanks to Matthew See and others
Doctor Who Storybook 2008
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Following the report on Outpost Gallifrey in May, Panini Books have confirmed details of the 2008 Doctor Who Storybook.

The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Martha to previously unexplored corners of the universe in this new selection of adventures, full of danger, excitement and fun - and all lavishly illustrated in full colour!

You can join them as they dodge bionic tortoises on a futuristic planet, help an ordinary boy save Christmas by bringing his imagination to life, battle shadowy creatures aboard a giant space station, explore a beautiful undersea paradise with a dark secret, and travel back in time to save a motel from rampaging zombies! Sometimes silly, sometimes scary, always thrilling, these new adventures in time and space will delight fans of all ages!

Containing eight action-packed stories, including writers from the TV series itself:

  • Cats and Dogs by Tom MacRae (writer of TV episodes Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel)

  • The Body Bank by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code and Attack of the Graske)

  • The Box Under the Tree by Robert Shearman (Dalek)

  • Zombie Motel by Paul Magrs (acclaimed fantasy author)

  • The Iron Circle by Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen)

  • Kiss of Life by Justin Richards (editor of BBC Books’ Doctor Who range)

  • Deep Water by Nicholas Pegg (Dalek operator)

Plus a new comic strip, Sunscreen by Jonathan Morris, and A Letter from the Doctor – as told to showrunner Russell T Davies!

Featuring new illustrations from Brian Williamson, Andy Walker, Martin Geraghty, Adrian Salmon, Ben Willsher, Daniel McDaid and David A Roach, and a new cover painting from Alister Pearson.

The Doctor Who Storybook 2008 is released in August 2007.
Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 32
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures this month prepares you for the last two episodes of the current series with a look at the mysterious Mr Saxon.

There's also a fact file about Captain Jack Harkness where you can discover lots of secrets about the ex-Time Agent.

Also in the issue there's a pull-out guide to the Family's servants - the scary scarecrows. Plus the Lazarus monster features in Tales from the TARDIS and you can learn how to make a Dalek Sec Hybrid head!

In the comic strip there is part one of a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Martha. In Minus Seven Wonders, something very strange is happening to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The adventure guide takes a trip to the 1930s for a look at Daleks in Manhattan and heads to New York with the Doctor Who Confidential team.

Plus meet Team TARDIS and Team Time Lord from Totally Doctor Who.

The magazine has new posters of the Weeping Angels as well as the Doctor, Martha and the Daleks.

The issue comes with two free gifts, a pair of squirty Doctor's glasses and a free set of Cyberman stickers.

Doctor Who Adventures issue 32, is out across the United Kingdom on Thursday 21 June.
Magazine Cover
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
This weeks TV and Satellite Week features John Simm as Mr Saxon on the cover, backed by the TARDIS crew.

Inside Simm talks about his new role in the series. There is a link to the interview here but beware, it contains a major spoiler for those who haven't yet seen Utopia.
Sci-Fi Channel Schedule
June 19, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The Sci-Fi channel in the USA has announced its schedule for July 6th, the start of its transmission of Season Three.

The Runaway Bride debuts at 8pm and is immediately followed by Smith and Jones at 9.30pm. Both programmes are repeated starting at 11.30pm.

The premieres come after a day of Doctor Who on the channel, with Season Two episodes being shown from 6am until 4pm.

Thanks to Tim Brewer
Utopia - AI Figure and Sunday Ratings
June 18, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Episode 11, Utopia, achieved an Appreciation Index score of 87 making it the joint most appreciated programme of Saturday.

It was five points clear of any programme on BBC1 or ITV1. Only Channel5's NCIS got a similar result, albeit with a much lower audience rating.

The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

On BBC3 the Sunday repeat got an audience of 0.78 million viewers. The programme regained its place as the most watched multichannel programme of the day, beating Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2 and The Simpsons on Sky One. The programme had a 3.9% share of the multichannel audience.

Doctor Who Confidential got an overnight figure of 0.51 million, which was a 2.4% Share.

On the main five channels, Britain's Got Talent - The Live Final achieved a massive 11 million rating on Sunday night, pushing Doctor Who down to 15th in the week's top programmes.

Official figures will be released by BARB in about nine days time.
Australian Torchwood: ratings update and coverage
June 17, 2007  •  Posted By Adam Kirk
Channel Ten has been been heavily promoting Torchwood in preparation of its Australian debut on Monday 18 June 2007 at 9.40pm. These promotions have included newspaper and radio advertisements, a weekly $A2000 prize for viewers and both John Barrowman and Eve Myles have been appearing in Channel Ten 'I believe . . .' promotional trailers.

There has also been significant local media interest. The Sydney Morning Herald has a front page banner of John Barrowman entitled 'Dr Who for Adults' and an article by Michael Idato. SMH TV Reviewer Robin Oliver describes the show as 'a stunner.' The SMH's online TV guide also reviews the show while The Age and the Brisbane Sunday Mail also have online reviews. The Sun-Herald TV magazine features a Torchwood front cover and interview with John Barrowman. Rachel Browne gives the programme four stars, describing it as 'highly original and very watchable, it benefits considerably from creator/writer Russell T. Davies' ever-present droll sense of humour.'

On the other side of the Continent The West Australian Newspaper, the main daily paper for Perth, features Torchwood and a photo of Eve Myles on the front cover of its Today entertainment section. Inside is an interview with Eve Myles about Torchwood and its debut on Australian television.

Additional information from Tristan Alfaro

Ratings Update, 19 June 2007: Torchwood has made a strong Australian debut in the ratings. It averaged 1,003,000 viewers in the five major capitals, winning its (time-adjusted) 9.40pm timeslot over Channel 7 (average 964,000 viewers) and Channel 9 (average 963,000 viewers). It enjoyed a 40% audience share in the 18-49 age group.

It was also Channel Ten's top rating drama for the day, coming second only to its local version of Big Brother.
Award for Davison
June 17, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has been awarded a Golden Nymph Award at the 47th Monte Carlo Television Festival.

Davison won an award for outstanding comedy actor for his appearance in the series Fear, Stress, and Anger produced for BBC Two by Hartswood Films, the company run by Steven Moffat's mother-in-law and former Terry Nation agent Beryl Vertue.

Other award winners include Life on Mars, starring "Mr. Saxon" John Simm and commissioned by Julie Gardner.

The ceremony was attended by Freema Agyeman representing Doctor Who.

Thanks to Cameron Yarde Jnr.
Utopia - Overnight Ratings
June 17, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Unofficial overnight figures show that episode eleven, Utopia, was watched by 7.3 million viewers, a 36.9% share of the total television audience.

The programme was the most watched on BBC One and the 2nd most watched of the day, being beaten by the ITV1 variety show Britain's Got Talent, which achieved 8.9 million. During the fifteen minutes in which the programmes went head to head, Doctor Who comfortably won with a quarter-hour audience of 7.7 million, as against 6.4 million for the ITV1 show.

With just Sunday's ratings to come, Doctor Who is currently the the 13th most-watched programme of the week.

The children's audience was 1.4 million, which was a 52% share of the 4-15 year olds watching television. Britain's Got Talent had 1.2 million children watching.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.69 million, a 4% share of the multichannel audience. It was the second highest rating of the day, being beaten by F1: USA Grand Prix Qualifying on ITV4.
Week Twelve Schedule
June 16, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who stays at 7.15pm for the transmission of the penultimate episode of Season Three, The Sound of Drums in which Harry Saxon becomes Prime Minister, but his dark ambitions reach beyond the stars.

The programme is preceded by the final of The People's Quiz hosted by Jamie Theakston and followed by The National Lottery Draws and Casualty

On ITV1 the main opposition comes from "those pesky kids" in the 2004 film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. where an evil genius is intent on wreaking havoc, much as on BBC1.

BBC2 has coverage of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and handy tips on buying art.

Channel 4 puts the real Prime Minister up against Harold Saxon with The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair. Andrew Rawnsley examines the policies and personality of the man who has ruled Britain for the last decade.

Channel 5 offers an alternative with the 1988 feature film Little Nikita starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix. An unusual espionage drama in which an American teenager about to join the Air Force Academy discovers that his parents are Soviet agents.
December Novels Announced
June 16, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Amazon.co.uk have released the titles and blurbs for December's trio of Tenth Doctor Novels.
Peacemaker by James Swallow
The peace and quiet of a remote homestead in the 1880s American West is shattered by the arrival of two shadowy outriders searching for 'the healer'. When the farmer refuses to help them, they raze the house to the ground using guns that shoot bolts of energy instead of bullets... In the town of Redwater, the Doctor and Martha learn of a snake-oil salesman who's patent medicines actually cure his patient. But when the Doctor and Martha investigate they discover the truth is stranger, and far more dangerous. Caught between the law of the gun and the deadly plans of intergalactic mercenaries, the Doctor and Martha are about to discover just how wild the West can become... This title features the Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit series from BBC Television.

The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier
The Doctor's been everywhere and everywhen in the whole of the universe and seems to know all the answers. But ask him what happened to the Starship Brilliant and he hasn't the first idea. Did it fall into a sun or black hole? Was it shot down in the first moments of the galactic war? And what's this about a secret experimental drive? The Doctor is skittish. But if Martha is so keen to find out he'll land the TARDIS on the Brilliant, a few days before it vanishes. Then they can see for themselves... Soon the Doctor learns the awful truth. And Martha learns that you need to be careful what you wish for. She certainly wasn't hoping for mayhem, death, and badger-faced space pirates. This title features the Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit series from BBC Television.

Wishing Well by Trevor Baxendale
The old village well is just a curiosity - something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of lost treasure, or visitors just making a wish. Unless something alien and terrifying could be lurking inside the well. Something utterly monstrous that causes nothing but death and destruction. But who knows the real truth about the well? Who wishes to unleash the hideous force it contains? What terrible consequences will follow the search for a legendary treasure hidden at the bottom? No one wants to believe the Doctor's warnings about the deadly horror lying in wait - but soon they'll wish they had... This title features the Doctor and Martha as played by David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the hit series from BBC Television.
DVD Cover
DVD and Video
June 16, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
2Entertain have released the cover for the Series 3, Volume 3 of the new series.

The volume contains Episodes 8, 9 and 10, Human Nature, The Family of Blood and Blink.

The DVD is due for release in the United Kingdom on July 23rd.
Friday Ratings
June 16, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The Friday BBC Three repeat of episode ten, Blink, was watched by 0.33 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures. The programme was the 8th most watched on multichannel television for the day.

On BBC One, Totally Doctor Who achieved 0.9 million viewers, which was a 7.9% share of the audience.

Wednesday's Blue Peter special, Who Peter, was watched by 0.7 million, giving it a 6.8% share.
Gongs For Classic Who Actors
June 16, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
A number of actors from the classic era of Doctor Who have received awards in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Peter Sallis, 87, who played Penley in The Ice Warriors, has been awarded an OBE for services to drama. Sallis is famous for voicing Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit films co-written by classic series writer Bob Baker.

Carmen Munroe, who was Fariah in The Enemy of the World, also receives an OBE for services to drama.

Sylvia Syms, 73, who portrayed Mrs Pritchard in Ghost Light, gets an OBE for services to drama and charity.

Glen Murphy, who was Dibber in The Trial of a Time Lord, is made an MBE for charitable services.

Footnote: Original series producer Verity Lambert was awarded an OBE for services to film and television production in the 2002 New Year Honours List. Also receiving an OBE in that list was Roy Clarke, creator of BBC comedy series Last of the Summer Wine, which stars . . . Peter Sallis!

Additional information from David Masters and Daniel Clements.
Last of the Time Lords Schedule and Spoilerish Synopsis
TV Series News
June 15, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
The BBC's Programme Information for the week including Saturday 30 June has been published, and contains major plot spoilers in its summary for Last of the Time Lords, the final episode of Series Three. If you don't mind being spoiled, click on the spoiler tag to see what's coming up.

Last of the Time Lords airs at 7:10 pm on BBC One, on Saturday June 30.
Earth has been conquered and the Master rules supreme, with the Doctor a helpless prisoner, in the final episode of Russell T Davies's Doctor Who.The entire human race has been reduced to slavery, as the mighty warships of a new Time Lord Empire rise from the ashes. Only Martha Jones can save the world...

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his companion, Martha Jones. John Barrowman and John Simm guest star.
Canada: CBC Updates Doctor Who Site for 2007 Series
June 15, 2007  •  Posted By Mike Doran
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have updated their Doctor Who Site for the 2007 Series of Doctor Who. The new site contains schedule information, a photo gallery, flash animation, content from the Doctor Who Information Network (DWIN) and a lengthy trailer for The Runaway Bride and the 2007 series.

As previously reported on Outpost Gallifrey the CBC will be airing the 2007 episode Smith and Jones and the 2006 Christmas Special The Runaway Bride on Monday June 18th, 2007 at 8:00pm and 12:00am midnight (8:30pm and 12:30am in Newfoundland).
Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf
June 15, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf is a two-part version of Toby Hadoke's successful 2006 Edinburgh show. This BBC7 production will be broadcast on 20th and 27th July, featuring a cast that includes Louise Jameson (Leela) as Toby's mum, James Quinn as The Voice of the BBC and Toby who plays himself and narrates. There's also a cameo appearance from the sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker!

The new BBC7 production of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf will be released on CD by BBC Audiobooks on 30th July.
This is Toby Hadoke's fantastic autobiographical piece, with universal appeal, told along the timeline of Doctor Who history, using smart comedic observations and excerpts from his teenage diaries. These include how he coped with being bullied, why he never got the girl, and later how being such a fan of Doctor Who helped to actually get the girl and end up with two children that are now the envy of every kid in the playground, all thanks to a geeky obsession.
Barrowman autobiography to come
June 14, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The John Barrowman Official Site has reported that Barrowman is publishing an autobiography with Michael O'Mara books. Anything Goes will be published in Spring 2008, and will tell Barrowman's story from the very beginning.
Australian Torchwood Coverage
June 13, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
In the run-up to Torchwood's Australian debut next Monday (June 18), the Australian media have had a few stories about the spin-off. The Sunday Telegraph of Sydney writes about the fact that the series will air on Ten instead of the ABC, the traditional home of Doctor Who in Australia. The Age of Melbourne has a longer feature story, with quotes from Russell T. Davies and Burn Gorman. Davies talks about the origins of the programme and its attitude towards sexuality, and Gorman speaks about the cast's working dynamics.

The Adelaide Advertiser gives the programme four stars calling the cast 'led by John Barrowman as . . . simply astounding.' Sean Fewster writes that the show 'is cooler than the outside of an Ice Warrior's armour, but one that's bound to attract controversy from the get-go.' The Australian Who magazine also gives the first episode four stars and makes it their 'show of the week'.

Thanks to Adam Kirk for the links and Dr Cat for the Advertiser story.
Dilemma Averted for London Gay Who Fans
TV Series News
June 13, 2007  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
As reported by PinkNews, the final episode of Series Three of Doctor Who, The Last of the Time Lords, is being broadcast on the same day as the London Pride Festival, held in Trafalgar Square.

Organizers of the event, in an effort to not make gay Who fans choose between the annual celebration and the season finale of their favourite show, have come up with an interesting compromise: they plan to carry the live BBC broadcast of the episode at 7:10 p.m. on a big screen at the event's main stage in Trafalgar Square. And if that's not enough to get gay fans out to the event, they've also arranged to have John Barrowman co-host the event with Graham Norton. Barrowman will be speaking earlier in the afternoon about his role as Captain Jack on Doctor Who and Torchwood.

The event kicks off at 3:00 following the Pride parade through town and concludes with the broadcast of The Last of the Time Lords.
Family of Blood - Final Ratings
June 13, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Final figures released by BARB put episode nine, The Family of Blood, as the 13th most watched programme on British Television for the week.

The final rating was 7.21 million viewers, making the programme the 5th most watched on BBC One. It beat an episode of EastEnders, and ITV1's regular weekly episode of Heartbeat. It was top of Saturday night.

On multichannel, the Sunday repeat achieved a final rating of 0.76 million viewers making it 2nd most watched on BBC3 and 4th on all multichannel Television for the week.

Saturdays Doctor Who Confidential was 17th with a final rating of 0.57 million viewers.
Top Twenty (w/e 3 June 2007)

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 10.65 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 2031) - 10.54 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (WED 1934) - 10.18 - ITV1
4 EASTENDERS (MON 2001) - 9.29 - BBC1
5 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) - 8.87 - ITV1
6 NEW TRICKS (MON 2102) - 8.51 - BBC1
7 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 8.25 - BBC1
8 MATCH OF THE DAY LIVE (FRI 1929) - 8.10 - BBC1
9 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 7.96 - ITV1
10 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 7.89 - ITV1
11 EMMERDALE (WED 1903) - 7.44 - ITV1
12 MIDSOMER MURDERS (SUN 2105) - 7.31 - ITV1
13 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1911) - 7.21 - BBC1
14 HEARTBEAT (SUN 2000) - 7.07 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 6.80 - ITV1
16 ANY DREAM WILL DO (SAT 2149) - 6.71 - BBC1
17 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) - 6.66 - BBC1
18 EMMERDALE (TUE 1900) - 6.61 - ITV1
19 BIG BROTHER (WED 2102) - 6.59 - Ch4
20 ANY DREAM WILL DO (SAT 2005) - 6.45 - BBC1

Multichannel Top twenty

1 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,376,000 - ITV2
2 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Mon 1400) 966,000 - Sky Sports
3 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 891,000 - BBC3
4 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 758,000 - BBC3
5 BIG BROTHER'S BIG MOUTH (Thu 2303) 696,000 - E4
6 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 654,000 - Five Life
7 EASTENDERS (Thu 2201) 653,000 - BBC3
8 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2100) 651,000 - ITV2
9 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 626,000 - Five Life
11 BIG BROTHER LIVE (Wed 2218) 616,000 - E4
12 POIROT (Wed 2059) 613,000 - ITV3
13 60 SECONDS (Sun 2000) 604,000 - BBC3
14 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 597,000 - Five Life
15 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 578,000 - E4 In
16 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 577,000 - E4 In
17 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1955) 572,000 - BBC3
18 GAVIN AND STACEY (Sun 2100) 544,000 - BBC3
19 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1828) 533,000 - Five Life
20 HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1859) 529,000 E4

Source BARB
Radio Times Poster Offer
June 13, 2007  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
This week's Radio Times features a large double-sided panoramic poster offer. One side features the Doctor, Martha and Jack inside the Tardis, and the other side has a rogues' gallery of recent enemies, including the Angels, Dalek Sec and its mutant hybrid, Scarecrows and the Judoon. The poster measures 124 x 45cm, and is available with two tokens and a fee for postage. The first token is in this weeks issue, the second in next weeks.

Also in Radio Times this week, an interview with Torchwood star John Barrowman on returning to Doctor Who. Click on the spoiler tag to read an extract.
"It's not the Captain Jack from Torchwood. He's not angsty, he's not moody; he's determined, but in a different way. Captain Jack from Doctor Who is a little more light-hearted, because he’s back where he wants to be. Although he loves the Torchwood team, one of his main objectives over the past couple of years has been to find the Doctor, to figure out why Jack is the way he is. Now he's there, he can let the Doctor take the responsibility for everything and he can sit in the background a bit."
DVD Special Promotion
DVD and Video
June 13, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
From July 2nd, 2Entertain will re-release a number of DVDs aimed at bringing the classic series to a new audience.

For a limited period, the DVDs will be available at a lower price and with new packaging. The titles have been carefully chosen as stories that may appeal to fans of the new series, that have not already purchased classic Doctor Who DVDs.

The actual content of the DVDs will be identical to the previously released version.

The eight stories to be re-released are:

  • Spearhead from Space

  • Genesis of the Daleks

  • The Hand of Fear

  • Earthshock

  • The Five Doctors

  • Revelation of the Daleks

  • Remembrance of the Daleks

  • The TV Movie

Blink Basis Story Online
June 12, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The BBC has put Steven Moffat's short story "What I Did On My Christmas Holidays" By Sally Sparrow, which formed the basis of last Saturday's episode Blink, online.

It was originally published in the 2006 Doctor Who Annual.
Utopia Trailer
TV Series News
June 12, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The full trailer for Utopia, which aired on BBC TV yesterday, is now available to view on the official programme website.

The episode will be shown on BBC1 this coming Saturday at 7.15pm, according to Radio Times.
Blink - AI figure and Sunday Ratings
June 11, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Episode ten, Blink, grabbed the attention of the British public, with an Appreciation Index, or AI, figure of 87. This is a considerable achievement for a programme which featured very little of the two main characters. Last year's Doctor-lite episode, Love and Monsters, scored 76. The figure is the joint second-best of series three, being beaten by the season opener Smith and Jones.

The AI figure was the joint-highest on Saturday night, along with Coast on BBC Two.

Of the audience, 82% said they made a special effort to watch, while an amazing 90% watched with a lot of attention. 63% said it felt original and different and 44% said it was a programme they intended to discuss with others.

With the full week's overnights now available, Doctor Who is currently the 18th most watched programme of the week.

The BBC Three audience on Sunday night was down to 0.68 million viewers. With a share of 4% this made it the second most watched programme on multichannel television, being beaten by The Simpsons on Sky one.
Blink - Overnight Ratings
June 10, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Unofficial overnight figures show that episode ten, Blink, was watched by 6.1 million viewers, a 36.1% share of the total audience.

The programme was the third most watched of the day, being beaten by the two parts of the talent show Any Dream Will Do. It was a good night for the BBC, with the Joseph show achieving nearly double the audience of its Danny and Sandy opposition. Up against the Doctor the feature film Grease got just 3.2 million viewers.

Doctor Who is currently the sixteenth most watched programme of the week with just Sunday ratings to be added, making another top twenty place very likely.

The children's audience to Blink was down to 1.1 million, a 50.7% share of the 4-15 audience, possibly due to the advance publicity about the scary nature of the Episode and the advice to parents to tape the show. The show is still the most watched programme of the week by children.

On multichannel television, Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.68 million viewers, making it the second most watched programme on multichannel TV, being beaten by Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. The share was 4.5%.
Views From Behind The Sofa
June 9, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
A new book due to be released in August looks at Doctor Who from a fan's point of view.

Views From Behind The Sofa is compiled by David May using contributions from Doctor Who fans around the globe. It promises individual stories of how fans got hooked, their experiences of being a fan, their views of the various characters and stories, and their memories of not just watching the series but collecting the merchandise and attending events.

The book is published by Lulu.
Week Eleven - Schedule
June 9, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who moves to 7.15pm for the transmission of Episode Eleven, Utopia. The programme is sandwiched between The People's Quiz and The National Lottery Draws with the hospital drama Casualty following at 8.10pm.

Against the first part of the show, ITV1 offers the 2002 feature film Scooby-Doo, the live action version of the cartoon about a gang of teenage sleuths and their cowardly dog. Against the last fifteen minutes it offers Ant and Dec with the last of the live semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent.

On BBC2 there is the latest in the The Culture Show where Lou Reed talks about his upcoming UK tour, while Channel4 continues with Lie Lab investigating new lie-detection technology. Channel 5 once more offers Cricket on five.
More Benny Missing Adventures
Big Finish
June 9, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions have released more information on the stories and writers for the upcoming Bernice Summerfield short story collection, Missing Adventures.
One day she will bring down empires and decide the fate of the universe. One day she will be feared by the creatures of evil and revered wherever people have had just a little bit too much to drink.

But all that is yet to come…

This very special collection celebrates 15 years of Bernice Summerfield. It explores her early life and the events that shaped the archaeologist and space-adventuress we know today.

A circus offers solace for the loss of her father; boarding school will try anything to make her behave; and when the military catch up with runaway Benny, her freedom will cost her dearly…

Missing Adventures features 12 all-new stories, many of them by those who played a formative part in Benny's development, including Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Peter Darvill-Evans and Andy Lane.

There's also a genuine puzzle to be solved – with a prize hidden somewhere in the UK!

Stories Include:
Biology Lesson on Mal Oreille by Xanna Eve Chown
The Evacuation of Bernice Summerfield Considered as a Short Film by Terry Gilliam by Ben Aaronovitch
The Tunnels To Heaven by Andy Bodle
Benny and Louise by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Charged by John Binns
Prime Five by Jason Arnopp
Home by Peter Darvill-Evans
The Slight Façade by Magnus Anderson
Bernice Summerfield and the Library of Books by Andrew Cartmel
Postcards From the Edge of Reason by Andy Owens
Blood On The Tracks by Andy Lane
Thirty Love by Eddie Robson
Exotron Wallpaper
Big Finish
June 9, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions have posted a Desktop Wallpaper based on their latest release Exotron. Full versions are available from their website.
John Barrowman in Pantomime
June 9, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
The Birmingham Hippodrome has announced that John Barrowman, Captain Jack, will star in this year's pantomime Aladdin from Wednesday 19 December 2007 to Sunday 27 January 2008.

Barrowman is no stranger to Pantomime having previously stared in productions of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Aladdin will feature a special appearance by the Daleks making their pantomime debut, prompting many cries of "It's behind you".

The production promises breathtaking special effects, costumes and sets and a spectacular 3D digital Genie and carpet ride viewed by the audience with 3D glasses.

Appearing alongside John Barrowman is ex Crackerjack star Don Maclean as Widow Twankey, the Grumbleweeds as The Chinese Policemen and Masashi Fujimoto from the BBC sitcom Roman’s Empire as The Emperor.
Friday Night Ratings
June 9, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
According to unofficial overnight figures, the Friday repeat of episode nine, The Family of Blood, was watched by 309,000 viewers, making it the ninth most watched programme of the day on multichannel television.
Freedom of Information
Big Finish
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released full details on the next release in the Bernice Summerfield series, Freedom of Information.
They're saying it isn't a war. The Draconians have taken over the Braxiatel Collection, but they claim they come in peace.

Insurrectionary acts are easily being quelled - but the Draconian's new head of state on the Collection is troubled by a missing academic. Is Bernice Summerfield one of the revolutionaries, undermining the peaceful campaign? Where is she hiding, and who is protecting her?

And if she's nowhere to be found, why does he keep hearing her voice?

Meanwhile, an unlikely peacebroker struggles to cut a deal on the Mim Sphere. But how can Hass, the Collection's gardener, convince the Mim to back down when they think he's one of the enemy?
Bernice Summerfield - The Inside Story
Big Finish
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released more information about its forthcoming guide to Bernice Summerfield, which is due out in October and is written by Simon Guerrier. Bernice creator Paul Cornell writes a foreward to the book, while Bernice actress Lisa Bowerman provides the afterword.
She has brought down empires and decided the fate of the universe. She is feared by the creatures of evil and revered wherever people have had just a little bit too much to drink.

And Bernice Surprise Summerfield is only just turning 15.

The Inside Story charts the history of everyone's favourite space archaeologist. We follow Bernice from her first appearance in Paul Cornell's novel Love and War, through more than 150 books and audio plays to the Draconian-Mim war and the shocking events of The Wake.

The Inside Story talks to those involved in her development. Find out how she came to be, how she was developed and where she's going next. See the stories that almost-got-told, and listen in on the creative battles, personality clashes and very, very bad jokes.

With exclusive access to 15 years' worth of writers, editors, producers and illustrators, it's as wild, exciting and unlikely a journey as Benny has made herself.

Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart to return
Big Finish
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart, a recurring character from the New Adventures line, is set to return in the Bernice Summerfield seasons penultimate release, The Final Amendment by Joseph Lidster.
Forget the war and death and boring stuff like that with another trip to the Braxiatel Collection!

"A welcome return of an old favourite!" – Earth Empire News

"A moving parable on what it is to be human in these ever-changing times." – BFM

"Glorious, crukking filth! Hooray!" – Moonmaker

"Something of a curate's egg." – Fandomania

Joined by friends old and new, Jason Kane returns for his 15th series! Will Benny find out about him and Bev? Or about him and Adrian? What is the mysterious connection between Joseph and Doggles? Will Brax ever reveal his sinister plans?

And just who the hell is Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart?
Big Finish Update
Big Finish
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released more information on its forthcoming releases. July sees the release of The Wishing Beast, which has Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford being joined by Jean Marsh. The Wishing Beast is a three part story. Accompanying it is The Vanity Box, a one part adventure which also features the Sixth Doctor and Mel.

Frozen Time, August's release featuring a companionless Seventh Doctor, sees Sylvester McCoy joined by Bond girl, Maryam D'Arbo

What can it mean when the Doctor and Mel are drawn to an asteroid by a message from the strange, elderly Applewhite sisters? The travellers are promised that they will receive their dearest wishes when they enter the frozen forests of this benighted shard of a world. But the ghosts that haunt this place are desperate to warn the Doctor about the sisters' promises. Only the ghosts know the true nature of the legendary Wishing Beast.


A strange beauty parlour has opened its doors for business in a dowdy Salford terrace circa 1965. Monsieur Coiffure is the talk of the street with his fabulous make-overs. When the Doctor arrives, however, he knows at once that there's been some unnatural titivation going on.

Frozen Time

In 1929, Lord Barset's expedition to the Antarctic is lost without trace. Or so it seems…

Nearly a century later, his grandson funds a much-publicized return to the icy wastes. His mission: to discover what happened to the original expedition. But what he finds instead is an enigma – a battered London police box frozen in ice millennia old.

But something else lies in wait in this awful place, something from an era before humankind set foot on the continent's cold soil. A menace frozen in time.

Until now.
Return to the Web Planet
Big Finish
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has announced this years subscriber bonus release. Doctor Who subscribers whose subscription includes the December release, The Girl Who Never Was, will also receive the single CD story, Return to the Web Planet which stars Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor returning to the planet Vortis, location of the Classic Series First Doctor tale The Web Planet.
CBC: Runaway Bride Schedule Change
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Mike Doran
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have changed their plans to air
The Runaway Bride on Monday June 11th. Earlier this week a representative from the CBC confirmed for Outpost Gallifrey that if the National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs were completed before that date the 2006 Christmas special would be aired. This is no longer the case.

An announcement on the CBC Doctor Who web site now states that The Runaway Bride will now air on CBC on the night of Monday June 18th at 12am midnight (12:30am in Newfoundland).
Sea Devil Sale Cancelled
Special Events
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
We understand that the Sea Devil costume that was to be auctioned at Bonhams later this month, as reported by Outpost Gallifrey on May 27, has now been withdrawn from sale.
Doctor Who - A Blue Peter Special
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
Next Wednesday sees a special Blue Peter programme which will go behind-the-scenes of Doctor Who with David Tennant. The show will be on before the regular programme, and is broadcast at 4:35pm.

(Though not mentioned in the Radio Times write-up for the programme, it is likely that this special will feature the winner of their competition last year to appear in an episode of the current series - see our news from 3rd December for more details).
Doctor Who Back In Time
June 8, 2007  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
A further run of the BBC Radio Wales programme Doctor Who Back In Time begins this coming Saturday for the next three weeks, once again delving behind the scenes of the series being made in Wales.

The shows are on at 1:00pm, and will be available on the BBC's Listen Again service for seven days thereafter.
Saturday 9 June, 1pm: Top Tennant
Julian Carey meets David Tennant and gets the lowdown on life as the tenth Doctor.

Saturday 16 June, 1pm: Made in Wales
Julian Carey discovers the benefits and knock-on effects of having the Doctor Who series made in Wales and explores the Who HQ in downtown Pontypridd.

Saturday 23 June, 1pm: Interrogation
In March BBC Radio Wales opened up its email address to thousands of Doctor Who fans, challenging them to ask the cast and crew any question they liked about the show - these are the results. Featuring David Tennant, Freema Ageyman, Russell T Davies... and a Dalek.
Glamour Awards - Best Newcomer
June 7, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Freema Agyeman has won the Best Newcomer award at Glamour magazine's Women of the Year Awards, attended by the likes of Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham, Katherine Jenkins and Girls Aloud.

Speaking at the awards, Agyeman denied rumours in the tabloid press that she had been sacked from Doctor Who saying "I'm not axed, I haven't been sacked."

She spoke of how the reports had initially upset her "For about five minutes as you do think oh no, but then you know you're not going to have 100 per cent of people all the time. It’s just life. What is important is that the fans are enjoying it and I just decided to focus on that and it didn't bother me anymore."
Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 31
June 7, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
You can meet the Family in the latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures. The fearsome foursome are on the cover alongside the Doctor... or is it John Smith?

Inside there are previews of the next two episodes, Blink and Utopia, including many new pictures.

There is an interview with the boy who won a Blue Peter competition to land a part in Doctor Who. Nine-year-old John Bell tells the magazine what it was like to appear in Utopia:

Also in the issue:

Data File - on Lazarus.

Comic strip – things get nasty for the Doctor and Martha in part two of The Green, the Bad and the Ugly.

Adventure guide – take a trip to the future with the guide to Gridlock, and go behind the scenes on the making of the story with Doctor Who Confidential.

Free gifts. Include four sticker sheets – one huge sheet, some holographic ones, a glow-in-the-dark set and even some special puffy ones.

Doctor Who Adventures issue 31 is out across the United Kingdom on Thursday 7 June.
Human Nature - Final Ratings
June 7, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Final figures released by BARB show that episode eight, Human Nature, was watched by 7.74 million viewers, a large increase from the initial overnight figure.

The programme was the 13th most watched of the week on UK television, and the 6th on BBC One.It was top of Saturday night by just under 1 million viewers.

On multichannel, the Sunday repeat was the 3rd most watched programme of the week, with 0.87 million viewers. This made it the highest rated programme on BBC3.

Saturday's Doctor Who Confidential was the 11th most watched programme with 0.71 million viewers.

Final figures are accepted as the industry standard. They are more accurate than the overnights and include those who recorded the programme and watched it within seven days.
Top Programmes (w/e 27 May 2007)

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2031) - 11.21 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 10.69 - ITV1
3 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 9.91 - BBC1
4 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) - 9.79 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 9.44 - ITV1
6 NEW TRICKS (MON 2101) - 9.25 - BBC1
7 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 8.56 - BBC1
8 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 8.41 - BBC1
9 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 8.21 - ITV1
10 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 8.11 - BBC1
11 HEARTBEAT (SUN 1959) - 8.05 - ITV1
13 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1911) - 7.74 - BBC1
14 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 7.11 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (TUE 1903) - 7.05 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 7.02 - ITV1
17 EMMERDALE (SUN 1859) - 6.93 - ITV1
18 ANY DREAM WILL DO (SAT 2154) - 6.77 - BBC1
19 CASUALTY (SAT 2106) - 6.77 - BBC1
20 TEN O'CLOCK NEWS (MON 2201) - 6.28 - BBC1

Multichannel Top Twenty

1 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,239,000 - ITV2
2 LOST (Sun 2201) 1,214,000 - Sky 1
3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 869,000 - BBC3
4 EASTENDERS (Thu 2204) 819,000 - BBC3
5 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 757,000 - BBC3
6 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 757,000 - Five Life
7 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2030) 745,000 - ITV2
8 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL - LIVE (Wed 1800) 730,000 - Sky Sports
9 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 724,000 - Five Life
10 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1900) 714,000 - E4
11 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1956) 705,000 - BBC3
12 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 702,000 - Five Life
13 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2134) 654,000 - ITV2
14 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2105) 638,000 - ITV2
15 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 625,000 - Five Life
16 INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LIVE (Fri 1930) 625,000 - Sky Sports
17 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 618,000 - Five Life
18 EASTENDERS (Mon 2201) 612,000 - BBC3
19 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Sun 1430) 604,000 - Sky Sports

Source: BARB
Canada: Runaway Bride and Series Three on CBC
June 6, 2007  •  Posted By Mike Doran
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is gearing up to broadcast the 2007 series of Doctor Who as well the 2006 Christmas Special The Runaway Bride. Doctor Who will continue to be aired on Monday nights at 8:00pm (8:30pm in Newfoundland).

There are tentative plans to air The Runaway Bride from 8:00pm to 9:30pm on Monday June 11th, 2007. This can happen because the NHL Stanley Cup Final playoff series between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks ended in five games on Wednesday June 6th.

Broadcast of the 2007 series on the CBC will commence on Monday June 18th, 2007 at 8:00pm with Smith and Jones.
Sarah Jane Update
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.