Archive of news items from Outpost Gallifrey:
Storybook 2008 Update
MerchandiseMay 31, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Magazine has announced some of the more details for the Doctor Who Storybook 2008. Authors for this 80-page hardback summer release include Gareth Roberts (The Body Bank), Tom MacRae (Cats and Dogs), Robert Shearman (The Box Under the Tree), Justin Richards (Kiss of Life), Nicholas Briggs (The Iron Circle), Nicholas Pegg (Deep Water), and Paul Magrs (Zombie Motel). The comic strip for the book is Sunscreen, written by Jonathan Morris and with art by Martin Geraghty. Other artists for the book include Brian Williamson, Andy Walker, Adrian Salmon, Ben Willsher, and with Alister Pearson doing the cover.
Audience data - Season Three
BroadcastingMay 31, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Ratings data seen by Outpost Gallifrey shows just how well Series Three is doing compared to the average drama on British television.
As well as collating the Appreciation Index, the BBC collects data on how audiences perceived programmes and asks a number of questions.
When asked if they made a special effort to watch, around 80% of the audience said they did, way above the average. Around 70% said they watched with a lot of attention and around 60% said the show felt original and different.
The programme also scored highly on the characters and storyline. It only scored lower than the drama average on whether people thought they learned something new.
Data is also available showing which audience groups rated the programme higher. So far this series females gave a higher mark than males and the programme was enjoyed most by those in the 35-54 age group. The highest regional rating comes from Wales.
For full details follow the link to the forum.
Davies media speculation
Press ClipsMay 31, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
MediaGuardian.co.uk, the media news-focused section of The Guardian newspaper's website, has today run a story (subscription link) by reporter Ben Dowell speculating about the possible future of Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies.
The piece, in reponse to a story published in this morning's edition of the tabloid newspaper The Sun, contains a quote from an unnamed "BBC drama spokeswoman", stating that: "Discussions have not begun so we cannot say if Russell will be involved or not" with Doctor Who beyond the end of the fourth series in 2008.
However, the report specifically denies The Sun's story that Davies and other staff on the show have a plan to end the programme at the conclusion of the fourth series. MediaGuardian quotes another source, a similarly unnamed "senior BBC Wales drama source", as telling them that:
"Russell has always said that he wouldn't be with the show forever and he has made no secret that the hours are quite exhausting... But there isn't any way it would be axed even if he left. He loves the show and he does feel that maybe it would benefit from some new blood."
The MediaGuardian states that "if Mr Davies does leave Doctor Who, the BBC will want to keep such a popular show going by bringing in a new executive producer to take over his creative responsibilities."
Piper Is Granted Divorce
PeopleMay 31, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
Billie Piper and Chris Evans were today granted a "quickie" divorce in the High Court in London.
The decree nisi went through at a brief hearing at the Principal Registry of the Family Division.
This decree does not end the marriage. That will happen when the decree is made absolute, and a decree absolute can only be applied for when six weeks have elapsed following the decree nisi being made.
Neither Piper nor Evans was in court.
The couple married in Las Vegas in May 2001 and separated in October 2004.
Also reported at BBC News.
Torchwood - Channel 10 website
TorchwoodMay 30, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Network 10 in Australia has published a webpage trailing the arrival of Torchwood to the channel.
The site includes a guide to the series, including comments by the creator and executive producer, Russell T Davies, as well as a guide to the characters and a photo gallery.
In separate interviews for the site, both Eve Myles and Naoko Mori are questioned on how they think Australians will respond to Torchwood.
Outpost Gallifrey understands the series is likely to make its debut in Australia on Monday 18th June at 9.30pm.
Thanks to William Binnie and Matthew See
42 - Final ratings
BroadcastingMay 30, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Final figures released by BARB show that episode 7, 42 received an official final rating of 7.41 million viewers.
This made the programme the 5th most watched on BBC1 for the week and the 16th most watched on all British television.
On multichannel television, the Sunday repeat was watched by 0.89 million viewers and was the 6th most watched multichannel programme for the week.
Final figures are much more accurate than the initial overnights and include those who recorded the programme and watched it within seven days.
Television Top Twenty (w/e 20 May 2007)
1 CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) - 10.54 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 10.44 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) - 10.02 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 9.99 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 9.56 - ITV1
6 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 9.09 - BBC1
7 EASTENDERS (FRI 2001) - 9.08 - BBC1
8 EMMERDALE (THU 1900) - 8.92 - ITV1
9 NEW TRICKS (MON 2102) - 8.66 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) - 8.61 - BBC1
11 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 8.39 - ITV1
12 EMMERDALE (TUE 1903) - 8.17 - ITV1
13 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 8.15 - ITV1
14 HEARTBEAT (SUN 1959) - 8.10 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 7.52 - ITV1
16 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1914) - 7.41 - BBC1
17 EMMERDALE (SUN 1859) - 6.99 - ITV1
18 MATCH OF THE DAY LIVE (SAT 1240) - 6.98 - BBC1
19 TEN O'CLOCK NEWS (MON 2200) - 6.63 - BBC1
20 CASUALTY (SAT 2112) - 6.42 - BBC1
Multi Channel Top Twenty
1 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 1,447,000 - BBC3
2 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,231,000 - ITV2
3 LOST (Sun 2200) 1,016,000 - Sky 1
4 UEFA CUP (Wed 1900) 931,000 - ITV4
5 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Tue 1930) 908,000 - Sky Sports
6 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2003) 884,000 - BBC3
7 EASTENDERS FEUDS: THE BEALS V THE MITCHE (Fri 2030 871,000 - BBC3
8 EASTENDERS (Fri 2202) 782,000 - BBC3
9 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Wed 2300) 762,000 - E4 In
10 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1900) 759,000 - E4
11 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1828) 741,000 - Five Life
12 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Wed 1930) 732,000 - Sky Sports
13 MEN IN BLACK (TOON) (Sat 2321) 730,000 - ITV2
14 FILM: DEMOLITION MAN (Tue 2258) 713,000 - ITV2
15 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1828) 710,000 - Five Life
16 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 694,000 - Five Life
17 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2131) 683,000 - ITV2
18 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1828) 677,000 - Five Life
19 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS UPDATE (Tue 2256) 670,000 - ITV2
20 TOP GEAR (Sat 2044) 664,000 BBC3
BroadcastingMay 30, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Tuesday's BBC Four repeat of the Season Two story The Idiot's Lantern was watched by 125,000 viewers according to unofficial overnight figures. This was a 0.76% of the audience.
The programme was part of the BBC Four season on Children's Television.
Season Three in Australia
BroadcastingMay 29, 2007 Posted By Marcus
ABC Australia have begun promotion for the broadcast of Season Three on the channel.
A webpage has been published promising new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters.
Thanks to Michael Allison
New Radio Times
Press ClipsMay 29, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
The latest issue of the BBC's Radio Times listings magazine is released across the UK today, and in addition to all of its regular Doctor Who coverage it contains special praise for this Saturday's forthcoming episode, "The Family of Blood", selected as the magazine's 'Drama of the Week'.
"Those who dismiss Who as lightweight fluff should give tonight's story a try," writes reviewer Mark Braxton on the magazine's 'Today's Choices' page for Saturday. "The conclusion to a 1913-set two-parter, it's rich, complex, resonant and BAFTA-worthy on its own merits... it also contains the best description of the Doctor we've ever heard on the show. Take a bow, Mr Cornell."
In addition, a moment from the episode is selected as the magazine's 'Moment of the Week', described, again by Braxton, as "an awful shadow of things to come... It's a tiny moment, but one that's eloquence itself."
The magazine's regular preview feature this week focuses on an interview with guest star Jessica Hynes, who explains how she deals with questions from her son and his friends about her relationship with Doctor Who. "I have to explain that I'm already married and it's only a pretend snog," she tells interviewer Danny Scott. Hynes also maintains that the offer to appear in Doctor Who is "the phone call you always dream of getting."
Human Nature - AI figure
BroadcastingMay 29, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Episode 8, Human Nature received an Appreciation index or AI figure of 86
This was the joint highest figure for the weekend, beating every other programme on terrestrial television, with the exception of CSI:NY on Channel Five.
The programme was once more in the excellent category.
On BBC3, where lower audiences usually mean higher AI figures, the Sunday repeat of Episode 7, 42 scored 89.
BroadcastingMay 28, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The Sunday night BBC Three repeat of Episode 8, Human Nature, was watched by 0.81 million viewers, which was a 4.5% share of the audience. On multichannel television, the programme was the second most watched of the day.
Doctor Who Confidential achieved an audience of 0.49 million, which was a 2.7% share.
Final overnight data now shows that Doctor Who was the thirteenth most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in nine days time.
Torchwood - September 8 on BBC America
TorchwoodMay 28, 2007 Posted By Benjamin F Elliott
BBC America has started running trailers for Torchwood in its Doctor Who marathon today. Torchwood's US premiere is Saturday September 8 at 8PM Eastern Time (7PM Central, 6PM Mountain, 5PM Pacific).
Sea Devil Costume To Be Auctioned
Special EventsMay 27, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
A complete Sea Devil costume is to be auctioned at Bonhams next month.
The auctioneers say it is believed to be the only existing outfit from the 1972 Jon Pertwee story.
It is listed as being complete with string vest, belt and a replica weapon, and comes with a letter of provenance. An estimate of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds has been placed on the lot.
The auction will take place on June 20 at Bonhams' Knightsbridge saleroom as part of a film and rock 'n' roll memorabilia sale.
Outpost Gallifrey reported on Friday that The Sea Devils is to be released on DVD.
(Thanks to Jonathan Wilkinson)
UPDATE - 8 June 2007: This item has now been withdrawn from sale.
Overnight Ratings - Human Nature
BroadcastingMay 27, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who was once more top of the charts with unofficial figures showing that Episode Eight, Human Nature, was watched by 7.1 million viewers, a 36.3% share of the total television audience.
The programme was the most watched of the day, both by audience and by share, beating the second placed Lottery Draw by half a million viewers.
The opposition on ITV1, Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon
, got 4.5 million and was the highest rated programme on ITV1 for the day.
With one day to go, Doctor Who is currently the 11th most watched programme of the week.
Once again the programme was by far the most watched in the children's chart, with 1.5 Million 4-15 year olds watching, a massive 59% of that audience.
On BBC3 0.67 million watched Doctor Who Confidential, which was a 4.2% share of the multi channel audience. It was the most watched programme on multi channel television.
Week Nine Schedule
BroadcastingMay 26, 2007 Posted By Marcus
For the transmission of Episode Nine, The Family of Blood, Doctor Who stays at 7.10pm.
It once more follows The People's Quiz and is followed by The National Lottery Draws and the semi final of the search for a star show, Any Dream Will Do
ITV1 offers Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? as the main opposition, with Chris Tarrant, while BBC Two has The Culture Show where Paul McCartney meets up with Lauren Laverne to talk about his new album Memory Almost Full.
On Channel 4 viewers can see Lie Lab looking at new lie-detection technology using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, while on Channel 5 there is the 2003 film S Club: Seeing Double starring members of the pop group S Club.
Sun Casting Rumors (UPDATED)
Press ClipsMay 26, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Sun has released an article today about a purported change of casting in Series 4.
The BBC has given an official statement to FreemaAgyeman.com, calling the Sun's story "absolute rubbish".
To read the article, please click the spoiler link.
Friday Night Ratings
BroadcastingMay 26, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The Friday BBC3 repeat of Episode 7, 42 was watched by 266,000 viewers, a 1.6% share of the multi channel audience.
Doctor Who Magazine 383
MerchandiseMay 25, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine will exclusively reveal the names of all eight writers for Doctor Who series four, as those penning the Doctor's adventures in 2008 are revealed by the production team at BBC Wales.
Also this issue; find out why the Doctor is to undergo his biggest challenge yet in the next Doctor Who story to hit your screens (see spoiler box). DWM goes behind the scenes on the thrilling new episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood, also catching up with guest star Jessica Hynes, writer Paul Cornell, and showrunner Russell T Davies about this very different - and even more terrifying than usual! - Doctor Who adventure...
Plus: DWM spends an age with Professor Lazarus himself, alias actor Mark Gatiss; writer Steven Moffat explains why you should be keeping your eyes wide open for his spine-chilling new episode Blink; director James Strong recounts the second part of his blow-by-blow account of bringing the deadly Daleks to Manhattan; and make sure you pack your sunscreen for a trip to the SS Pentallian and 42 fantastic facts about 42!
Meanwhile, the magazine unwraps the secret plans for the end of the current series, with previews of the final four fantastic episodes - Blink, Utopia, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords; Part 3 of the new comic strip adventure The Woman Who Sold the World; while Russell T Davies is flying the flag (for Who) in another unmissable Production Notes.
DWM 383 is on sale from Thursday 31 May.
Sea Devils Planned For DVD
DVD and VideoMay 25, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The Sea Devils is being prepared for release on DVD, the latest edition of the Royal Navy's official newspaper has revealed.
Navy News was contacted on behalf of the Restoration Team in the hope of tracking down naval personnel involved in or who witnessed the story's filming - in particular, the team hopes to find a rating believed to have shot some cine footage.
The June edition of the publication says that as part of the DVD, a documentary is being produced on the making of the Jon Pertwee six-parter. The adventure originally aired in 1972 and the location work was carried out in the Portsmouth area in October 1971.
A story about the location filming was done at the time by the local daily paper, The News, which photographed Pertwee chatting with three ratings at the Fraser gunnery range.
One of the ratings, an Able Seaman David King, pictured above right, who was then aged 26, appears to be capturing the moment for posterity on a cine camera.
In the Navy News piece, project team member Richard Bignell says: "If Mr King did take any cine film of the shoot, we would be very interested in talking to him!"
The documentary-makers also hope to track down people who took still pictures.
A release date for the DVD has yet to be confirmed.
Click on the thumbnail below for a larger version of the picture showing Pertwee with the ratings.
(Photo courtesy of and copyright The News, Portsmouth)
Kylie Minogue speculation continues
PeopleMay 24, 2007 Posted By Chuck Foster
Speculation over Kylie Minogue's potential appearance in the series continued yesterday with the free London paper Standard Lite carrying a photograph apparently showing the singer's "todo" list carried by her stylist William Baker, including a note to contact the show's executive producer Russell T Davies.
The note in question reads: "When Dr Who script arriving? Russell's number."
Its sister paper, the Daily Mail, also mentions the item this morning, and carries the respective photos in an online article (near the bottom of the page).
Australian broadcast debut of Doctor Who Confidential
BroadcastingMay 23, 2007 Posted By Adam Kirk
Optus TV Magazine reports that Australian cable broadcaster UKTV Australia will screen the 15-minute 'cutdown' episodes of Doctor Who Confidential as part of a Doctor Who marathon of series one and two on the Australian Queen's Birthday long weekend (9-11 June).
The screenings of these Doctor Who Confidential episodes will mark the first time ever that this programme has been shown on Australian broadcast television.
Series 1 will start at midday on Saturday June 9. The Christmas Invasion, followed by Series 2, will start at midday on Sunday June 10. Each Confidential episode will be shown following its corresponding Doctor Who episode.
The marathon also marks the first time The Christmas Invasion and series two have been shown on UKTV Australia.
It has been reported that The Runaway Bride and Series 3 will have its Australian debut on the ABC in late June.
Thanks to Theta Sigma.
Luther Arkwright Show
SpinoffsMay 23, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
On this week's I'm ready for my close-up, Alex Fitch's guests are Bryan Talbot and Mark Wright, creator and adaptor respectively of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. Alex will be talking to Bryan about his career in comics, focusing on Luther and Alice in Sunderland and asking Mark about the challenges of converting a graphic novel to the audio medium. There's also a competition to win one of 5 signed copies of the Big Finish audio adaptation of Luther Arkwright starring David Tennant at the end of the show.
The interview with Bryan and Mark is going out May 24th at 10.30pm BST on Resonance 104.4 FM in London, streamed here.
Radio Times Preview
MerchandiseMay 23, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
The new issue of Radio Times, out today, includes behind the scenes pictures and interviews about Saturday's episode, Human Nature. Our thanks to Radio Times for the following extract, which contains spoilers.
Doctor Who Adventures 30
MerchandiseMay 23, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
The new issue of Doctor Who Adventures, out Thursday 24 May, takes the reader on a trip to 1913 for a special preview of the next two episodes, Human Nature and Family of Blood. It covers the scarecrows from the forthcoming story, as well as the Cult of Skaro. There is part one of a new comic strip "The Green, the Bad and the Ugly" and an interview with Totally Doctor Who's Kirsten O'Brien.
The magazine comes with posters of scarecrows, the Doctor and Martha, Daleks and Carrionites.
Tardis Catches Queen's Eye At Show
PeopleMay 23, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The Queen was left intrigued by the Tardis feature at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week.
As reported by Outpost Gallifrey last Friday, the Doctor's time-travelling police box - complete with light and sound effects - is the centrepiece of the display called A Garden In Time, which has been created by Cardiff Council landscape officer Mo Dorken and her team.
It shows the changes in the world since the start of the series in 1963 and includes a 1960s Cardiff rugby shirt and a Doctor Who annual with William Hartnell on the cover.
The Royal Family were exploring the Royal Horticultural Society's annual show on Monday and the Queen stopped off to look at the revolving Tardis.
It is in a "void" separating a 1960s urban garden from a modern one based around contemporary gardening ideas and styles, with an emphasis on sustainability, recycling and climate change.
The official website of the Prince of Wales and Hello Magazine report Dorken as saying: "The Queen was asking 'Why is there a Tardis there?'
"I was explaining how we were having a Doctor Who theme and a Sixties part of the garden because it was when the series first started."
Celebrities were also in attendance at the show on the eve of it opening to the public, including Joanna Lumley, who played the Doctor in the 1999 Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death, written by Steven Moffat.
The flower show is open until Saturday.
DVD and VideoMay 22, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
The official Doctor Who website has revealed the cover illustration for the forthcoming UK DVD release of Timelash starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
Game Design Competition
OnlineMay 21, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Doctor Who Homepage has teamed up with BBC Blast to launch a competition that will give the winner the chance to design and create a Doctor Who game that will be placed on the Doctor Who and Blast websites.
The winner will have their Doctor Who game brought to life, with runners up receiving Blast and Doctor Who goodie bags.
You can find out more information about the contest here. Below is a brief synopsis of what they are looking for.
What we're looking for:
We're looking for a game offering about 5-10 minutes of game play. The winning game will be made using Flash.
The more addictive, magical and fantastic the game the better.
Try not to base the game on a specific episode - we're looking for something new, even though it should use existing monsters from the current (not Classic) series.
Remember that the Doctor uses his wits and his genius, rather than violence, to solve problems. So please don't give him a machine gun and send him on a killing spree!
Be prepared to be flexible - we can use most of the characters, monsters and situations from the new series of Doctor Who, but we may need to discuss using another monster.
Phobos now released
Big FinishMay 21, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released the latest in the Paul McGann BBC7 series, Phobos.
The TARDIS lands on Phobos, moon of Mars - where extreme sports nuts of the future indulge their passion for gravity-boarding and wormhole-jumping. But there's something lurking in the shadows, something infinitely old and infinitely dangerous. It's not for nothing that 'Phobos' is the ancient word for 'fear'...
Moths Eat Toby Hadoke's Doctor Who Scarf on BBC7
PeopleMay 21, 2007 Posted By R. Alan Siler
Toby Hadoke's 2006 one-man Edinburgh show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf has been adapted into a full-cast radio show for BBC7.
The autobiographical piece about Hadoke's life-long obsession with the programme features former Doctor Who stars Louise Jameson (as Hadoke's mother) and Colin Baker in the cast. Early Doors star James Quinn plays The Voice Of The BBC, and comic Alfie Joey also plays a number of supporting roles.
Hadoke said: "I can't believe that we got not one, but two Doctor Who actors to throw themselves into the project with much gusto. Louise was always top of the list to play Mum, but we never thought we'd get her. And then when Colin offered his services I turned into a giddy child."
The show has already been recorded at BBC Manchester and will air across two episodes on July 20 and 27.
BBC Audiobooks also plans to release the show on CD at around the same time.
You can still see the show live, though, as Hadoke continues to tour the original one-man version, concluding with a brief run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Torchwood in Australia
TorchwoodMay 21, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Channel Ten in Australia have been trailing the arrival of Torchwood to the network.
The channel has no previous connection with Doctor Who, which has always been shown on the ABC network.
The promos have the tag: "Capt Jack Harkness, the man who cannot die!"
The series is set to begin next month.
(Thanks to Michael Davoren and many others who emailed.)
42 - Appreciation Index
BroadcastingMay 21, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Episode 7, 42, scored an Appreciation Index or AI figure of 85, once more placing the programme in the excellent category. The programme was once of the most enjoyed on Saturday night, scoring the highest figure on BBC1 and ITV.
Doctor Who Confidential on BBC3 rated 79.
BroadcastingMay 21, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The Sunday BBC3 repeat of Episode 7, 42, had an audience of 809,000 according to unofficial overnights, a 4.4%share of the multi channel audience. It was the second most watched programme on multi channel TV, being beaten by Sky One's Lost which got 840,000.
With overnight figures now available for the whole week, the Saturday showing of 42 is the 16th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released in around 9 days time.
42 - Overnight Ratings
BroadcastingMay 20, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who was once again top of Saturday's ratings chart with episode 7, 42 being watched by 7.0 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures. The programme had a share of 36.0% of the audience.
The show was tied with Match of the day Live as the most watched programme of the day, although the raw figures show Doctor Who leading by a tiny margin. It beat other shows on Saturday evening by almost a million viewers. The football claimed the highest peak of the day, with 11.5 million tuning in for the final fifteen minutes.
With just Sunday to go, the programme is currently 14th in the top programmes for the week.
Doctor Who was once more top of the children's chart with an audience of 1.4 million 4-15's, a 57.7% share of this age group.
On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 480,000 which was a 3.0% share and which made it 4th in the Multi Channel tables.
Week Eight Schedule - 7.10pm start
BroadcastingMay 19, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Next week sees another change of time for Doctor Who with the transmission of Episode Eight, Human Nature allocated a 7.10pm start. The programme is placed between The People's Quiz and The National Lottery Draws, which is followed by Any Dream Will Do at 8.05pm.
On ITV1 Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon recreates Play Your Cards Right for the competition's grand final.
BBC2 offers an alternative with The Culture Show featuring Mark Kermode who flies south to the Cannes Film Festival and meets the Cohen brothers.
Channel 4 offers the News followed by the 1979 feature film Porridge in which Norman Stanley Fletcher and his cellmate Lennie Godber stumble on an escape plan during a celebrities-against-prisoners football match.
On Five Sport fans can enjoy Cricket on Five with highlights of the second day's play of the second npower Test match in the best of four series between England and the West Indies at Headingley
Doctor Who Confidential is on BBC3 at 7.55pm.
Michelle Collins on YouTube
TV Series NewsMay 19, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The BBC YouTube channel has been updated with the BBC Breakfast interview with Michelle Collins, guest star in this week's episode 42.
The interview includes a couple of clips from the episode.
Content may not be available outside the United Kingdom.
BroadcastingMay 19, 2007 Posted By Marcus
In the absence of a new episode to repeat, BBC3 filled the schedules on Friday night with a showing of the first episode of Season Three, Smith and Jones. The programme was watched by 346,000 viewers, a 2.0% share of the multi channel audience.
Utopia Preview Clip
TV Series NewsMay 19, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
Anyone who missed John Barrowman on yesterday's edition of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - in which a preview clip from Utopia was to be shown, according to the official programme website - can catch it again early tomorrow (Sunday).
On the chat show, Barrowman talks about the return of Captain Jack Harkness to Doctor Who in Utopia, which is episode 11.
The repeat of Ross's show is due to be broadcast on BBC1 at 1.35am.
A Garden In Time
Special EventsMay 18, 2007 Posted By R. Alan Siler
The TARDIS will be materialising at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show honoring the legacy of Doctor Who. The new exhibition, called A Garden In Time, features as its centrepiece a full-scale TARDIS with sound and light effects. The garden depicts the changes in the world since the birth of the series in 1963. It includes items such as a 1960s Cardiff rugby shirt and a Doctor Who annual featuring on its cover the first Doctor, William Hartnell
Created by Cardiff Council Landscape Officer Mo Dorken and her team, one half of the site shows a 1960s urban garden, while the other half is based around modern gardening ideas and styles with emphasis on sustainability, recycling and climate change.
"The Chelsea Flower Show is iconic and attracts great attention and thousands of visitors from around the world," said Coun Nigel Howells, Cardiff Council's Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture. "We are proud that Cardiff will be represented there, and I’m sure A Garden In Time will do justice to the city and to Wales."
Please click here to see a larger version (in .pdf format) of the conceptual drawing of A Garden In Time.
The Chelsea Flower Show runs 22 - 26 May, 2007.
New Doctor Who Novels
BooksMay 18, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
A trio of new Doctor Who novels are due out from BBC Books on 6 September: Mark Michalowski's Wetworld, Mark Morris' Forever Autumn and Paul Magrs' Sick Building. The cover illustrations and cover blurbs are below.
Doctor Who: Wetworld by Mark Michalowski
When the TARDIS makes a disastrous landing in the swamps of the planet Sunday, the Doctor has no choice but to abandon Martha and try to find help. But the tranquillity of Sunday's swamps is deceptive, and even the TARDIS can't protect Martha forever.
The human pioneers of Sunday have their own dangers to face: homeless and alone, they're only just starting to realise that Sunday's wildlife isn't as harmless as it first seems. Why are the native otters behaving so strangely, and what is the creature in the swamps that is so interested in the humans, and the new arrivals?
The Doctor and Martha must fight to ensure that human intelligence doesn't become the greatest danger of all.
Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Autumn leaves litter lawns and sidewalks, paper skeletons hang in windows, and carved pumpkins leer from stoops and front porches.
The Doctor and Martha soon discover that something long-dormant has awoken in the town, and this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient tree and the mysterious book discovered tangled in its roots? What rises from the local churchyard in the dead of night, sealing up the lips of the only witness? And why are the harmless trappings of Halloween suddenly taking on a creepy new life of their own?
As nightmarish creatures prowl the streets, the Doctor and Martha must battle to prevent both the townspeople and themselves from suffering a grisly fate…
Doctor Who: Sick Building by Paul Magrs
Tiermann's World: a planet covered in wintry woods and roamed by sabre-toothed tigers and other savage beasts. The Doctor is here to warn Professor Tiermann, his wife and their son that a terrible danger is on its way.
The Tiermanns live in luxury, in a fantastic, futuristic, fully-automated Dreamhome, under an impenetrable force shield. But that won't protect them from the Voracious Craw. A gigantic and extremely hungry alien creature is heading remorselessly towards their home. When it gets there everything will be devoured.
Can they get away in time? With the force shield cracking up, and the Dreamhome itself deciding who should or should not leave, things are looking desperate...
Doctor Who Storybook 2008
BooksMay 18, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
Below is the cover illustration for Panini's Doctor Who Storybook 2008. Says the press release, "Join the Doctor and Martha in a collection of brand-new stories, featuring writers of the multi-award-winning BBC One adventure series. These eight original adventures in Time and Space are beautifully illustrated in full colour by some of the UK's top artists. This sumptuous hardback storybook, with painted dustjacket, is the perfect gift for Doctor Who fans of all ages." The book is published in August.
Planet Of Evil Planned For DVD
DVD and VideoMay 18, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
Hot on the heels of the announcement that The Time Warrior and the Key To Time season will be out on DVD in the UK later this year comes the news that 2Entertain is planning to release the 1975 Tom Baker four-parter Planet of Evil.
The British Board of Film Classification yesterday cleared just over 60 minutes of extras for the DVD of Planet of Evil, although a release date is unknown.
The extras, which have a PG rating, include three features entitled Hidden Hinchcliffe, A Darker Side and Planetary Performance - Acting In Doctor Who.
(Thanks to Tony Clark.)
Time Warrior And Key To Time Season On DVD
DVD and VideoMay 18, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The Time Warrior and the Key To Time season are to be released on DVD in the UK by 2Entertain later this year, says the official programme website.
September 3 will see The Time Warrior available. This story launched Jon Pertwee's final season as the Third Doctor and saw the debuts of companion Sarah Jane Smith, as played by Elisabeth Sladen, and classic monsters the Sontarans.
According to the British Board of Film Classification site, the extras will include a 30-minute documentary entitled Beginning The End - Making The Time Warrior, as well as a trailer, two Easter eggs and a photo gallery.
Sixteen new CGI shots have also been created, spanning all four episodes.
A box set of the six-story Season 16, with Tom Baker as the Doctor and Mary Tamm as assistant Romana, will apparently be out on September 23, although that date is a Sunday.
The Key To Time season has already been available on DVD in the USA and Canada for a number of years, although its UK release will include "the full extras it deserves", according to the BBC website.
Further details of those extras will be announced at a later date.
(With thanks to Scott Kinnaird.)
UK DVD Release Schedule
28 May 2007 - Robot - Tom Baker
25 June 2007 - Series 3, Volume 2
9 July 2007 - Timelash - Colin Baker
23 July 2007 - Series 3, Volume 3
6 August 2007 - Time Flight/Arc of Infinity - Peter Davison
3 September 2007 - The Time Warrior - Jon Pertwee
23 September 2007 - Key to Time - Tom Baker
Murray Gold Interview
Press ClipsMay 17, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The June issue of Sound On Sound magazine features a six-page interview with Murray Gold, the composer of all the music for Doctor Who since its return in 2005.
The magazine is dedicated to the technological side of recording and recording techniques. Topics covered include how Gold got his break, recording the soundtrack album with Neil Hannon, and some pictures from the recording of the score for The Lazarus Experiment at AIR studios in North London.
There's also a large box on how the original Delia Derbyshire theme was created, with input from Murray Gold on how he created the revised version of the theme based on the original.
Sound On Sound is available across the United Kingdom.
New Dalek Stage Play Trailer
Special EventsMay 17, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
Interalia Theatre have released a new and extended version of the trailer for their forthcoming production of The Dalek Masterplan.
The adapted and condensed stage show of the Hartnell epic will be at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth from October 24 to October 27.
Confirmed celebrity guests at the mini-convention being held at the theatre on October 27 are Nick Briggs, the current voice of the Daleks, who will also be providing the Dalek voices for the stage play, Rob Shearman, who wrote Dalek from the 2005 series, Davros actor Terry Molloy and new series Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards.
Click here to play the new trailer, which begins with action from Interalia's production of The Evil of the Daleks at the same venue last year.
Lazarus Experiment - Final ratings
BroadcastingMay 17, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Final figures have now been published by BARB which show that Episode Six, The Lazarus Experiment, received an official rating of 7.19 million viewers, making it the 12th most watched programme of the week.
Although the Episode was beaten by Monday's New Tricks, it outrated all episodes of Emmerdale and one edition of EastEnders
On Multi Channel TV, the Sunday night repeat got an audience of 0.98 million and was the 5th most watched programme after three football matches and the latest instalment of Katie and Peter.
The Saturday edition of Doctor Who Confidential came in at 7th with 0.80 million viewers and the Sunday repeat was 33rd with 0.49 million.
Week Ending 6th May 2007
Top twenty Programmes
1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 9.55 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 9.43 - ITV1
3 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (TUE 1930) - 9.29 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 9.07 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1928) - 8.99 - ITV1
6 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 8.87 - ITV1
7 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 8.31 - BBC1
8 NEW TRICKS (MON 2059) - 7.98 - BBC1
9 HEARTBEAT (SUN 2000) - 7.89 - ITV1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 1959) - 7.54 - BBC1
11 EASTENDERS (THU 1931) - 7.30 - BBC1
12 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1900) - 7.19 - BBC1
13 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 7.07 - ITV1
14 EMMERDALE (TUE 1900) - 7.04 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.76 - ITV1
16 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 6.74 - BBC1
17 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 6.61 - ITV1
18 CASUALTY (SAT 2045) - 6.59 - BBC1
19 MY FAMILY (FRI 2031) - 6.48 - BBC1
20 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 6.46 - ITV1
Multi Channel Top Twenty
1 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 1,912,000 - Sky Sports
2 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1530) 1,616,000 - Sky Sports
3 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,208,000 - ITV2
4 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1200) 1,089,000 - Sky Sports
5 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 984,000 - BBC3
6 LOST (Sun 2200) 842,000 - Sky 1
7 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1944) 800,000 - BBC3
8 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 731,000 - E4 In
9 FORD MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Mon 1930) 712,000 - Sky Sports
10 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 679,000 - BBC3
11 UGLY BETTY (Wed 2102) 672,000 - E4 In
12 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 665,000 - E4 In
13 FILM: KILL BILL: VOL 1 (2003) (Sat 2132) 656,000 - BBC3
14 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2131) 645,000 - ITV2
15 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2030) 641,000 - ITV2
16 60 SECONDS (Sun 2000) 610,000 - BBC3
17 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1900) 606,000 - E4 In
18 THE SIMPSONS (Sun 1901) 591,000 - Sky 1
19 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1828) 586,000 - Five Life
20 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 585,000 - Five Life
Series 3 Volume 2 DVD
DVD and VideoMay 17, 2007 Posted By Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustration for the Series Three, Volume Two UK DVD release, which includes the episodes "Daleks in Manhattan," "Evolution of the Daleks," "The Lazarus Experiment," and "42". Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover. The disc will be released later this summer.
Doctor Who and Gandalf meet Shakespeare
PeopleMay 16, 2007 Posted By R. Alan Siler
Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy is set to appear on stage as the Fool in William Shakespeare's King Lear at the Westpac St James Theatre in Wellington on August 11 and 12. The Royal Shakespeare Company production stars Sir Ian McKellan, best known to science-fiction and -fantasy fans as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and as Magneto in the trilogy of X-Men films.
Press ClipsMay 15, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
Fast on the heels of the officially unconfirmed reports of Kylie Minogue appearing in the 2007 Christmas Special come two more rumors. Today, The Sun reports that Woody Allen will be appearing as Albert Einstein in the Christmas Special. It is possible that this report is a mangled version of this story from the Daily Mail about Rebecca Hall, who will be appearing both in Allen's next movie and in Einstein and Eddington alongside David Tennant.
Also, SyFyPortal reports new interest in a Doctor Who movie starring Paul McGann.
Outpost Gallifrey stresses that there has been no confirmation of any of these rumors, and any or all may prove completely groundless.
Guest star Michelle Collins in Radio Times
TV Series NewsMay 15, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
As part of the pre-publicity for this Saturday's episode, the new issue of Radio Times, out today, features exclusive pictures and an interview with Michelle Collins who is guest starring as cargo spaceship captain McDonnell. Our thanks to the Radio Times for the following excerpt:
"We were running around in vests and combats, covered in baby oil and sprayed with water. It was very uncomfortable, because baby oil makes you feel really yucky, and I had to have it on my hair and hands, and my hands had to be filthy."
Not a typical role for the ex-EastEnder then - light years from Walford, in fact, as Collins's ship is heading for a distant sun. So the atmosphere is necessarily hot, hence the spray to give the actors that dripping-with-sweat look. "You got used to it," says Collins. "It was quite liberating not wearing even a bit of mascara, because if I had done it would have been all over my face in two minutes. I was a bit worried about that no-make-up look to start with, then I just thought, 'Oh, go for it!'"
Human Nature Press Release
TV Series NewsMay 13, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
David-Tennant.com has released the following statement issued by the BBC for the upcoming episode Human Nature.
It's 1913 in England, and an ordinary schoolteacher called John Smith dreams of adventures in time and space and a mysterious blue box, as Russell T Davies's Doctor Who continues. But, when lights in the sky herald the arrival of something strange and terrible, Smith's maid, Martha, has to convince him that he alone can save the world.
David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his companion, Martha Jones. Jessica Stevenson and Thomas Sangster guest star.
Human Nature will air on Saturday 26th May at 7pm on BBC One.
Series 3 Down Under in June
BroadcastingMay 13, 2007 Posted By Adam Kirk
The South Australian Doctor Who Fan Club is reporting that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has scheduled both The Runaway Bride and Series 3 of Doctor Who.
According to the SADWFC, The Runaway Bride is scheduled for 8.30pm on Thursday 28 June, with the series beginning in its regular slot of 7.30pm from Saturday 30 June. Series one began in Australia on Saturday 21 May 2005, The Christmas Invasion premiered on Saturday 8 July 2006 and series two followed from the 15th of July that year.
This is subject to official confirmation by the ABC.
Thanks to the SADWFC and Benjamin F. Elliott.
42 Prologue available online
OnlineMay 12, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have released an exclusive online Prologue to next week's episode 42 on the Doctor Who homepage. Also available is a new trailer for the episode.
Christmas Episode 2007
TV Series NewsMay 12, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Many of Saturday's papers have reported casting news about the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas episode.
Mad Norwegian Update
BooksMay 12, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The following is from a statement made by Mad Norwegian publisher Lars Pearson:
Mad Norwegian Press has announced that titles, release dates and prices for its 2007/early 2008 releases will be forthcoming, and that - while the company quietly has more books in progress than ever before - some restraint is being applied with regards to declaring new books to the public, in order to better guarantee that books will publish as promised.
"Along those lines, it’s entirely feasible that we’ll release multiple books at once - as we did when we released four books simultaneously at the end of last year - but when you’re doing small-press publishing, anything can wreck your deadlines and generally does. Better to hold off promising something, then, until we’re certain we can pull it off."
"At present, the only confirmed book on the MNP schedule - About Time 6 by Tat Wood - should see publication in an as-yet undecided month in 2007. Other guidebooks - some on Doctor Who, some not - are also making good progress."
Mad Norwegian thanks its readers for their patience and continued support.
Week Seven Schedule
BroadcastingMay 12, 2007 Posted By Marcus
After the week hiatus, Doctor Who returns to BBC1 with episode seven, 42, on the 19th May, at the slightly later time of 7.15pm.
The programme is preceded by The People's Quiz and followed by a 10-minute edition of The National Lottery Draws. Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for a new leading man in Any Dream Will Do follows the Lottery at 8.10pm
ITV1 once again has Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon against the Doctor, this week recreating the classic quiz show Bullseye.
BBC2 schedules Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine and Patrick McGoohan against Doctor Who, in the 1968 film Ice Station Zebra
Channel 4 offers an alternative for documentary fans, with Paddy Ashdown examining the Battle for the Holy Land: Jerusalem while Five has England verses the West Indies in Cricket on Five
On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential is at 8.00pm with Spacecraft, an exclusive tour of the Doctor Who art department and its mind-blowing spaceship sets and locations.
BroadcastingMay 12, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The second repeat of episode six, The Lazarus Experiment, was watched by 466,000 viewers, a 2.5% share of the multichannel audience.
The programme was the 6th most watched programme of the day on all multichannel Television.
On BBC1, Totally Doctor Who got a rating of 0.8 million viewers, a 6.9% share.
More Short Trips Online
Big FinishMay 12, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions have made an effort to fill the gap made by Doctor Who not being on the television this week by releasing two sample stories from their upcoming Short Trips short-story compilations.
Gold and Black Ooze from Destination Prague and Remain in Light from Snapshots join the list of sample stories that are available on-line.
Other stories available on-line include...
Long Term from A Universe of Terrors
Motlake from Past Tense
Making History from A Day in the Life
Ships That Pass from A Christmas Treasury
The Eighth Wonder of the World from Dalek Empire
Benny meets The Two Jasons
SpinoffsMay 12, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released information on it's May Bernice Summerfield novel, The Two Jasons. This novel is written by Dave Stone, the author who created the character of Jason Kane in the Virgin New Adventure Death and Diplomacy. A sample chapter is available online here.
'Oh bloody hell,' she snapped. 'Listen: me no wantee good time jig-jig all same, okay?'
When Bernice Summefield first met Jason Kane, she failed to spot his many fine qualities and assets. Over the course of many subsequent adventures, including marriage and divorce, she continued not to see them…
'You're not Jason,' she said. 'Who the hell are you?'
When Bernice Summerfield first met Jason Kane 2, he was disguised as a critic of the work of Jason Kane. Benny saw through his false moustache and literary pretensions, and had him and his other clones expelled into space, there to make their own fortunes. One Jason Kane was, she felt, rather more than enough.
Now something is astir in the universe, a plot that threatens Benny and all she holds dear. If she stands any chance at all, she needs all the Jason Kanes she can get…
As a bonus, this book reprints the short story Sex Secrets of the Robot Replicants by Philip Purser-Hallard.
Tennant To Switch On Blackpool Illuminations
Special EventsMay 11, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
David Tennant is to flick the switch marking the start of this year's Blackpool Illuminations.
Blackpool Tourism says the event on August 31 will take place during a free concert and live broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
Jackie Potter, the strategic director for tourism and regeneration, said: "We are absolutely delighted that David Tennant has accepted our invitation to switch on the lights.
"The celebrations are enjoyed by a huge family audience and we are sure this will be a popular choice."
Illuminations bosses are to unveil plans for a new display featuring characters and creatures from the show.
Tennant, who coincidentally starred in the BBC drama Blackpool, follows in the footsteps of Tom Baker, who similarly had the honour of switching on the lights in 1975 when he was the Doctor.
(Thanks to Tony Clark.)
Canada: Series Three on CBC starting June 18th
BroadcastingMay 11, 2007 Posted By Mike Doran
The Doctor Who Information Network has received word from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that series three will start broadcast on the CBC on Monday June 18th.
(With thanks to Rod Mammitzsch and DWIN)
Meet Martha's family on Totally
PeopleMay 10, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Totally Doctor Who will be broadcast in it's normal time slot this week, despite the week delay for 42. Freema Agyeman (Martha), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish), Adjoa Andoh (Francine) and Trevor Laird (Clive) will all be on-hand this week for a conversation on being the new WHO family. Also in the episode will be Barney Curnow who worked on the Lazarus monster.
Totally Competition Continues
SpinoffsMay 10, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Totally Doctor Who are continuing with their HANDPRINT COMPETITION.
Every week on Totally we’re giving you the opportunity to win signed hand prints from our wall of fame.
Every week our celebrity Doctor Who guests are invited to give us a signed hand print. At the end of the series we’re going to give them all away to one lucky viewer.
If you want to win that amazing prize, you have tune in every week to Totally Doctor Who, and answer a question about the next episode of Doctor Who. You’ll need all 12 answers to stand a chance of winning this Totally exclusive prize.
Questions so far:
1.How many sides does the Globe Theatre have?
2.What kind of patch is Cheen wearing on her neck?
3.How much money is the Doctor offered to work in the sewers of New York?
4.What does the Doctor secretly hand to Martha before he goes to meet the Daleks?
5.Who does the Martha say the Doctor looks like when he’s dressed in black tie?
Send your answers to us at:
TOTALLY DOCTOR WHO
PO BOX 5158
or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, you have to answer all 12 questions to be in with a chance of winning.
Production Starts on Sarah Jane
SpinoffsMay 10, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Filming on the Sarah Jane Adventures series began on April 16th. This series will consist of five two-part stories. Gareth Roberts has confirmed that he will be writing the first and fourth adventures for the series. Other episodes are being written by Phil Ford, Phil Gladwin, and a possible script from Russell T Davies. Alice Troughton is directing the first four episodes.
Stephen Cole is also writing an audio episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures to be released by BBC Audiobooks.
For more info click the spoiler link:
Doctor Who Adventures 29
MerchandiseMay 10, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The press release for issue 29 of Doctor Who Adventures - out today - has been released by BBC Magazines.
The cover illustration is below (click for a larger version).
Full details are given in the textbox beneath it.
You might have to wait two weeks for the next episode of Doctor Who, but don't worry – the next issue of Doctor Who Adventures is out on Thursday to help fill the gap!
But be careful - inside this exciting edition you'll find danger and monsters on every page…
Feel the heat with our preview of 42 (ooh, ouch, hot) and hide from the scarecrows as we look at Human Nature (scary!).
Also this issue:
*Monsters - find out facts about big face himself, the Face of Boe. Poor old Boe. And learn about Dalek Sec's new look in our pull-out monster guide.
*Comic strip - more comic danger for the Doctor and Martha in part two of The Skrawn Inheritance.
*Adventure guide - read our fact-packed feature on the first episode of the third series, Smith and Jones.
*Win - grab loads of cool stuff!
*Fun stuff - help the Doctor and Martha escape Florence and the Judoon.
*Who knows? - your Doctor Who questions answered. Do YOU know what happened to Margaret Slitheen or why Cyber Yvonne Hartman attacked the Cybermen? Find out here!
*Posters - this issue we've got posters of Daleks, the Lazarus monster, Judoon and the Doctor and Martha from The Infinite Quest.
PLUS all your usual favourites!
The issue comes with a choice of two different inflatable monsters – Dalek Sec and Ood or Sycorax and Cyber Controller. Who will you choose? There's also the second part of our huge Tardis poster for your wall.
Doctor Who Adventures issue 29 is out on Thursday 10 May. You can't miss it - there's a yucky Lazarus monster on the cover!
North America DVD Releases
DVD and VideoMay 9, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
TvShowsOnDVD.com have announced August 14th as the North American release date for Robot and Survival.
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
BooksMay 9, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
McFarland Publishing have announced a new title, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fan's Guide to Doctor Who, to be published later this year.
The long-running BBC science fiction program Doctor Who has garnered an intense and extremely loyal fan base since its 1963 debut. This work examines the influences of psychology, literature, pop culture, and the social sciences on Doctor Who storylines and characters. Topics explored include how such issues as class, gender, and sexual attraction factor into the relationships between the Doctor and his companions; whether the Doctor suffered from multiple personality disorder or other psychological afflictions; and the role of the Doctor’s native culture in shaping his sense of identity.
Evolution - Final Ratings
BroadcastingMay 9, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Final official figures from BARB show that Episode Five, Evolution of the Daleks was watched by 6.97 million viewers. This made it the seventeenth most watched programme of the week.
The programme was narrowly beaten on Saturday night by Casualty.
On BBC3, the repeat was watched by 1.04 million viewers. This made it the third most watched programme on all Multi Channel TV, being beaten by Champions League Live and Katie and Peter. It achieved a higher rating than Sky One's Lost.
The Friday repeat had 0.45 Million watching.
Doctor Who Confidential was 24th in the list with 0.59 million
Final figures include those who recorded the programme and watched it later.
Top Twenty TV programmes w/e 29 Apr 2007
1 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 10.87 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 10.69 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 9.41 - ITV1
4 EASTENDERS (MON 2001) - 9.09 - BBC1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 8.97 - ITV1
6 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) - 8.95 - ITV1
7 NEW TRICKS (MON 2100) - 8.37 - BBC1
8 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 8.25 - ITV1
9 EMMERDALE (TUE 1900) - 7.83 - ITV1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 7.76 - BBC1
11 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (TUE 1930) - 7.67 - ITV1
12 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) - 7.45 - BBC1
13 EASTENDERS (THU 1930) - 7.44 - BBC1
14 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 7.23 - ITV1
15 CASUALTY (SAT 2037) - 7.14 - BBC1
16 KINGDOM (SUN 2102) - 7.05 - ITV1
17 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1844) - 6.97 - BBC1
18 EMMERDALE (THU 1903) - 6.82 - ITV1
19 THE ROYAL (SUN 2000) - 6.78 - ITV1
20 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.74 - ITV1
Multi Channel Top Twenty
1 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 1,814,000 - Sky Sports
2 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 1,154,000 - ITV2
3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2000) 1,042,000 - BBC3
4 LOST (Sun 2200) 1,018,000 - Sky 1
5 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1533) 834,000 - Sky Sports
6 FILM: BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON (Mon 2149) 752,000 - ITV2
7 BONES (Thu 2101) 729,000 - Sky 1
8 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1828) 706,000 - Five Life
9 AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (Mon 2100) 684,000 - Living TV
10 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1200) 684,000 - Sky Sports
11 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 666,000 - Five Life
12 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 660,000 - BBC3
13 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 660,000 - Five Life
14 UGLY BETTY (Wed 2101) 646,000 - E4 In
15 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1900) 645,000 - E4 In
16 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Wed 2300) 638,000 - E4 In
17 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1859) 632,000 - E4 In
18 HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1900) 623,000 - E4 In
19 THE SIMPSONS (Sun 1832) 608,000 - Sky 1
20 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1828) 599,000 - Five Life
Lazarus Experiment - AI figure
BroadcastingMay 8, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Episode six, The Lazarus Experiment received an Appreciation Index, or AI figure of 86
Once again the programme is in the excellent category, receiving the joint highest AI figure of Saturday, and the 4th highest figure for the whole week.
On BBC3 the Doctor Who repeats also scored highly, with Sundays repeat of Evolution of the Daleks getting a score of 84 and the Friday repeat scoring 85.
Dalek I Loved You
BooksMay 7, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
Recently published is Dalek I Loved You, a memoir by journalist, critic and Doctor Who fan Nick Griffiths. David Tennant describes Dalek I Loved You as "A very funny book for anyone who grew up wearing Tom Baker underpants - I know I did."
The publisher's blurb is below, and you can see the author interviewed by a Cyberman on YouTube.
Nick Griffiths watched his first Doctor Who aged four and a bit. He would have hidden behind the sofa but it was back against the wall and his parents didn't let him move furniture so he hid behind a cushion instead. He's since been told by his mum and dad that they didn't have a sofa only armchairs. So this book should really be called Behind the Armchair, but that didn't sound right.
And so began a life long obsession. When Doctor Who started getting rubbish (after Tom Baker basically) he nearly escaped into the world of music and girls until he discovered someone selling tapes of old episodes in the small ads and that was that again.
Dalek I Loved You is an irresistible memoir of a childhood lived through the 1970s and 1980s. Writing with wit and humour, Griffiths takes us on a poignant and often hilarious journey through his childhood, where he first encountered Dr Who, into his teens where he is packed off to boarding school and discovers girls and David Bowie, onto his first formative years of employment at some hip but now defunct music magazines and into life as a father and husband who is now writing about his childhood passion for a living.
For anyone who hid behind the sofa, dreamed of far away planets, or remembers those long lazy carefree summers of your childhood, Dalek I Loved You will be a wonderful journey. He may not have a TARDIS to whisk you off to far flung galaxies, but in Dalek I Loved You Nick Griffiths reminds us that growing up is the greatest adventure of them all.
Sunday Ratings Update
BroadcastingMay 7, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Overnight figures for Sunday show that the BBC3 repeat of The Lazarus Experiment was watched by 0.94 million viewers, a 5.2% share of the multi-channel audience. The programme was the second most watched of the day after Ford Super Sunday on Sky Sports.
The repeat of Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 0.47 million viewers.
Final overnight figures for the week show that Saturday's Doctor Who was 14th in the chart for the week.
Final figures will be released by BARB in nine days time.
Lazarus Experiment Overnights
BroadcastingMay 6, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Unofficial overnight figures show that episode six of Series Three, The Lazarus Experiment, was watched by 6.7 million viewers, a 37.1 % share of the UK television audience.
The programme returned to its position at the top of the UK ratings chart for the night, beating Casualty, which got 6.3 million. On ITV1, Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon got 4 million viewers.
With one day to go, Doctor Who is currently the 12th most watched programme for the week.
The programme was again top of the Children's chart with 1.5 million viewers, which was a 60.7% share.
On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential had an audience of 0.77 million, making it the 2nd most watched programme on multi-channel TV for the night, being beaten by Ford Football Special on Sky Sports.
New Series Three trailer
TV Series NewsMay 5, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
The official BBC website has put online the second half of Series Three trailer that was broadcast this evening at the conclusion of episode six, The Lazarus Experiment. The trailer shows a selection of scenes from episodes seven to thirteen, and was created as a consolation for viewers for Doctor Who's two-week absence due to next week's Eurovision Song Contest.
The trailer is also available on the BBC's official YouTube channel, here.
BroadcastingMay 5, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The Friday night repeat of Evolution of the Daleks was watched by 340,000 viewers, a 1.9% share of the audience.
On BBC1, ratings for Totally Doctor Who were up on last week, with an audience of 0.8 million, which was a 7.9% share.
Press ClipsMay 5, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The BBC2, finance programme Working Lunch has featured a report on the business aspects of making monsters for Doctor Who.
The programme interviewed Neill Gorton of Millennium FX, who explained how such monsters as Cybermen are created, as well as talking about his work on other series such as Catherine Tate.
The feature can be viewed via the BBC Watch again feature.
EW puts Who in top 25
FandomMay 4, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
Entertainment Weekly has chosen Doctor Who as one of the top 25 moments in sci-fi over the past 25 years. It credits the show as "an ecstatically tangled, infinitely renewable story line" for its success and compliments it for being "unerringly progressive, but wary, dark, and full of doubts about human goodness." It's placed at number 23, but refers to Christopher Eccleston as the latest Doctor.
Nightmare Fair - Available Online
Missing EpisodesMay 4, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Originally available as a limited-edition double CD in 2003, a full-cast audio drama of The Nightmare Fair, written by Graham Williams for the original, abandoned version of Season 23 in 1985, features the Sixth Doctor, Peri and the Celestial Toymaker. It stars Mark J Thompson as the Toymaker and Nigel Peever as the narrator, and is now made available by producer Rob Dunlop as a free download here.
Mark Gatiss Interviewed
PeopleMay 4, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
DigitalSpy has posted an interview with Mark Gatiss, Series One and Two writer and guest star of The Lazarus Experiment. In this interview, he talks about what it is like to appear on Doctor Who, as well as his thoughts on the future of the show.
For the complete interview, click here.
How did it feel to appear on the show?
"It was beyond exciting. I didn't know what to do. I didn't sleep at all the day I got the call. I thought, 'This is exactly how I imagined it would always be'. I was so excited - I couldn't stop thinking about it. Thank God, it's everything I hoped for: a brilliant part, great script, a proper meaty baddie role, so I was just delighted."
How gruelling was the make up process to turn you into a 76-year-old man?
"Yeah, it's a prosthetic mask that Neill Gorton did. It's amazing - this is not just actor's w**k, believe me - but it changes everything: the way you sit, the way you move. Honestly, I found myself reaching for a cup of tea in the make up chair and I was slightly delicate. When you see yourself like that, it changes everything. I weakened my voice and watched how old people move. My key contribution - apart from dandruff, I was very keen they put than on my tuxedo - old people, no matter how spruce they are, always have bits of skin falling off! I insisted on having dulled eyes, because bright eyes always give it away. So they made me these slightly rheumatoid, blind eyes. They take the shine off. It made a hell of a difference."
DVD and VideoMay 4, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Doctor Who Restoration Team have released updated information on the extras for their upcoming releases. The schedule for the DVD releases from late July has been altered, with Series 3, Volume 2 on June 25th, Timelash now out on July 9th, and Series 3, Volume 3 released on July 23rd. A box set of Time-Flight and Arc of Infinity is currently slated for release on August 6th, with the special features listed below.
Commentary featuring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Eric Saward
Mouth on Legs - Interview with Janet Fielding
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Jurassic Larks - Behind the scenes action
Peter Grimwade interview from 1987
Coming Soon trailer
1983 Doctor Who Annual / Radio Times listings in PDF format
Subtitles / Production Information
Arc of Infinity:
Commentary featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton
Anti-Matter from Amsterdam - Making-of Documentary
The Omega Factor - A look at the various Omega stories
Under Arc Lights - Behind the Scenes studio footage
CGI effects option
BBC 1 Trailer
Coming Soon trailer
Subtitles / Production Information.
McGann Release Information
Big FinishMay 4, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has announced more information on their upcoming releases in the BBC7 Eighth Doctor range. The final story of the season, two parter Human Resources, will be released in July and August.
Lucie Miller's been headhunted to join the staff of Hulbert Logistics, a respectable blue-chip firm in Telford. Great prospects, competitive salary - you don't have to be mad to work here! But wasn't she made for better things, like travelling by TARDIS through time and space? The Doctor, meanwhile, has been fired - into a confrontation with the most terrifying of enemies...
Something Special Coming
BroadcastingMay 4, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In light of the week long delay in the airing of 42, the Doctor Who Homepage has announced that there is something in store for this week following the broadcast of The Lazarus Experiment.
We're all as disappointed as you are that you'll have to wait an extra week between episodes six and seven of Doctor Who because of the Eurovision Song Contest.
However... even though there's no episode on 12 May 2007, the Doctor Who team have been working away feverishly to prepare a special treat for you at the end of this week's episode, The Lazarus Experiment.
Hopefully it'll make the wait for 42 seem a little shorter.
You'll also be able to to see it here on the website as soon as it's been on TV, and possibly behind the red button too if we can sort things out in time...
Seventh Doctor visits Valhalla
Big FinishMay 3, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released more information on its June release, Valhalla, starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. This release is written by Marc Platt.
Welcome to Valhalla, Capital of Callisto, Jupiter's premier moon, where anything and everything is up for sale. But Valhalla isn't quite what it says in the brochures – not since Earth granted independence and cut off the supplies.
The former Doctor (FOR SALE. EXCELLENT CONDITION) visits the Job Centre and finds power cuts, barcoded citizens and monthly riots (ALL BOOKABLE.)
And then there's the problem with the termites …
Big Finish Reaches 100
Big FinishMay 3, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has announced more information about its upcoming audio adventure, 100, which is the 100th release since the Doctor Who range began in 1999. This CD will feature four, self-contained, 25-minute episodes, featuring the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and Evelyn (Maggie Stables). Writers include Robert Shearman, Joseph Lidster, Jacqueline Rayner, and Paul Cornell. This story replaces the previously announced September release, Earthstorm by Stephen Baxter, which has been moved to a later slot in the schedule.
1. Mozart's 100th
by Robert Shearman
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Born in 1756, a veritable wunderkind - playing music for the crowned heads of Europe as an infant, composing by the time he was five years old. But it's tempting to wonder whether his amazing longevity has overshadowed his creative genius - would Mozart's music be better respected, maybe, if he'd died as a young man? Would he be a legend of music, rather than of scientific curiosity, if he'd never lived to compose the film score for the remake of The Italian Job?
2. [title: TBC]
by Joseph Lidster
Once upon a time...
Jacob Williams is going to tell the tale of Sleeping Beauty but he realises he has told that one too many times so, instead, tells of how he once met this man called the Doctor...
It's a tale of love and death and a family with a terrifying secret…
3. 100 BC
by Jacqueline Rayner
The Doctor and Evelyn arrive in Rome, 101 BC, approximately, October. They meet a young lady of 19, Aurelia. She mentions her husband - Julius Caesar. Evelyn is excited, but her excitement soon turns to confusion. Surely you can't heal a wound in time with just a bit of sticking plaster?
4. The 100 Days of the Doctor
By Paul Cornell
Someone has assassinated the Doctor.
And he only has 100 days to find out who did it.
One week delay for 42
BroadcastingMay 2, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The BBC has announced that Series Three will take a one-week break on Saturday 12th May, meaning transmission of episode seven, 42, will now be on the 19th May.
The episode is being delayed because the BBC is committed to broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest at 8pm that evening.
To fit Doctor Who into the schedule, it would require an earlier than usual start. Past evidence shows that the earlier the start time of the programme the lower the ratings, and it is thought the BBC wish to keep Doctor Who at 7pm in future to maximise the number watching.
Daleks in Manhattan - Final Ratings
BroadcastingMay 2, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Figures have now been released by BARB that show episode four, Daleks in Manhattan, had a final official rating of 6.69 million viewers, making it the 18th most watched programme on British television for the week.
On multi-channel TV, the Sunday repeat got a final rating of 1.13 million viewers, the highest ever final rating for the programme on BBC3. It was the third most watched programme of the week, being beaten by two sporting events, and the highest rated programme for the week on BBC3.
Sunday's repeat of Doctor Who Confidential was 25th in the list with 0.53 million viewers, beating the first showing of the programme on Saturday, which got 0.49 million viewers and was the 32nd most watched programme.
Top twenty Programmes (w/e 22nd April 2007)
1 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 10.53 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 10.29 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) - 9.81 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 9.73 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 9.42 - ITV1
6 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 8.96 - BBC1
7 KINGDOM (SUN 2102) - 8.55 - ITV1
8 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 8.08 - ITV1
9 THE ROYAL (SUN 2000) - 8.08 - ITV1
10 NEW TRICKS (MON 2100) - 7.95 - BBC1
11 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 7.77 - BBC1
12 EASTENDERS (FRI 1959) - 7.71 - BBC1
13 EMMERDALE (WED 1858) - 7.42 - ITV1
14 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 7.41 - BBC1
15 EMMERDALE (TUE 1902) - 7.32 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (THU 1902) - 7.15 - ITV1
17 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.85 - ITV1
18 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1836) - 6.69 - BBC1
19 CASUALTY (SAT 2034) - 6.57 - BBC1
20 EMMERDALE (SUN 1901) - 6.43 - ITV1
Multi Channel Top Twenty
1 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Wed 1930) 1,233,000 - Sky Sports
2 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Tue 1930) 1,197,000 - Sky Sports
3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2000) 1,130,000 - BBC3
4 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1710) 1,097,000 - Sky Sports
5 LOST (Sun 2201) 1,016,000 - Sky 1
6 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2059) 1,013,000 - ITV2
7 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1530) 772,000 - Sky Sports
8 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2131) 719,000 - ITV2
9 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2030) 662,000 - ITV2
10 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Wed 2301) 650,000 - E4 In
11 UGLY BETTY (Wed 2100) 632,000 - E4 In
12 BONES (Thu 2101) 610,000 - Sky 1
13 F*** OFF, I'M A HAIRY WOMEN (Sun 2101) 604,000 - BBC3
14 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 576,000 - E4 In
15 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2105) 576,000 - ITV2
16 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 571,000 - BBC3
17 FILM: SISTER ACT (Sun 1432) 558,000 - ITV2
18 AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (Mon 2101) 549,000 - Living TV
19 EDWARDIAN SUPERSIZE ME (Mon 2100) 547,000 - BBC4
20 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 542,000 - BBC3
Betting Rush On Walsh
Press ClipsMay 2, 2007 Posted By John Bowman
The Sun today carries a piece saying there has been a rush of bets on unknown actor Julian Walsh becoming the Eleventh Doctor.
The article quotes Darren Haines of bookmaker Paddy Power as saying: "Julian might not look the part as he's a bit squat and bald.
"But he's the one people have been trying to back in the last 48 hours.
"At first he was not even on our books, but we've had to slash his odds to 12/1. We fear punters might know something we don't. We're not convinced they're right, but we have to sit up and take note."
A spokesman for Walsh said the actor, pictured right, was "bemused by all of this", adding: "Nobody has approached us yet."
One punter reportedly wanted to place a 2,500 pound bet on Walsh, who is best known from 1980s show Jossy's Giants.
The bookmaker currently has Robert Carlyle as 5-2 favourite - and Ricky Gervais at 66-1.
Doctor Who in India
BroadcastingMay 2, 2007 Posted By Marcus
BBC Worldwide today launched two new channels in India - BBC Entertainment and the dual-language CBeebies. The two 12-hour channels launch first on Tata-Sky's DTH platform: BBC Entertainment is on air from 6pm local time and the CBeebies channel, from 6am.
BBC Entertainment premieres Britain's most talked-about hit series, including dramas and thrillers such as Doctor Who, Waking The Dead, Cutting It, Hotel Babylon, Silent Witness and Spooks. The channel also showcases the UK's most innovative comedy series, including Extras, My Life In Film and My Family.
CBeebies is a pre-school channel for children aged six years and under. Broadcasting in both Hindi and English, the channel's programme schedule includes The Roly Mo Show, Bill and Ben, Tweenies, Tikkabilla, Big Cook Little Cook and Boogie Beebies.
Sarah Jane's new companion
SpinoffsMay 2, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
The Sarah-Jane.tv blog is reporting that Daniel Anthony has been confirmed as a new regular in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
The actor will play Clyde, a 14-year-old who attends Maria and Luke's school. He replaces the character of Kelsey, who has been dropped from the series following her solo appearence in the pilot episode Invasion of the Bane. The new character is introduced in the first adventure of the forthcoming series.
Big Finish Release Changes
Big FinishMay 1, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has announced a change in its release schedule for the year. Earthstorm by Stephen Baxter has been moved to a later date, and is to be replaced by a double-CD release entitled 100. This release will feature four one-part stories (similar to Circular Time), with each story reflecting the concept of the number 100. No information yet as to which Doctor will be featured, or when Earthstorm will be released.