Archive of news items from Outpost Gallifrey:
Soundtrack Vol. 2
MerchandiseSeptember 30, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
Following the announcement in the latest Doctor Who Magazine that a second CD of Murray Gold's incidental music is to be released, the cover and release date have begun to appear on a number of retail sites. According to HMV amongst others, the CD is due in UK shops on 5th November, and will feature music from the show's third series.
Billie Piper's new series a hit
PeopleSeptember 28, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
BBC NEWS reports Diary of a Call Girl, starring Billie Piper in the title role, is turning in to a ratings success for ITV2. The first episode of the raunchy series recorded one of the biggest audiences for the channel since it began in 1998.
It also scored higher ratings than the programmes showing at the same time on BBC Two, Channel 4 and Five.
The drama is based on an online diary, written under the pseudonym Belle de Jour, which became a best-selling book.
Collected Audiobooks To Be Released
MerchandiseSeptember 28, 2007 Posted By Jeremy Bement
According to the BBC's Doctor Who website, October 1st will see the release of Doctor Who: Collected Stories from BBC Audiobooks. Says their release statement:
The Feast of the Drowned, The Stone Rose and The Resurrection Casket are all narrated by David Tennant.
Anthony Head (Mr Finch in School Reunion) reads The Nightmare of Black Island, Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler) reads The Price of Paradise, and Don Warrington (The President in The Age of Steel) reads The Art of Destruction.
The set, which runs to about 15 hours of audio, will cost �50.
K9 and Company for early 2008
DVD and VideoSeptember 27, 2007 Posted By Chuck Foster
Phoenix Film and Television Productions have announced on their website that K9 and Company is slated for release early next year. Phoenix Productions produce special features for "Classic" Doctor Who DVD releases.
Phoenix Film and Television have been commissioned to produce several special feature documentaries for classic Doctor Who releases plus the long awaited "K9 and Company" all for DVD release later this year and early next year respectively.
The content of the extras must remain under wraps for the moment but Phoenix will be producing 9 documentaries in total spanning several releases throughout 2007 and 2008.
"It is a very exciting project!" explains Phoenix head of Production Rohan Latchman, "It's an opportunity to really delve into such a classic TV classic and try and come up with something different." "The new show is so high end and full of spectacular special effects, but classic Doctor Who offered all in involved so many challenges on a weekly basis to keep the show fresh and inventive and I'm really looking forward to being involved in such an exciting project!"
Stewart Eyes Who
PeopleSeptember 26, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Patrick Stewart, best known to science fiction fans as Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek : The Next Generation, has told This Is North Scotland that he would like to appear in Doctor Who. The 67-year-old Star Trek star said he was a fan of the long-running time travelling show, but was sad he had never been involved.
"I have been (a fan) actually yes, and deeply dismayed that I was never asked to be in it! I think it's a terrific series," Stewart said.
Stewart is currently set to appear opposite current Doctor David Tennant in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company next year; Tennant will play the title role and Stewart will play Hamlet's uncle, Claudius.
Hammond's Torchwood Teaser
TorchwoodSeptember 26, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
Peter J Hammond, writer of the Torchwood episode Small Worlds, has told the SFX blog that his story for season two of the Doctor Who spin-off will be scarier still.
According to the writer, he has borrowed a plot element from his iconic ITV series Sapphire and Steel, which he created in the early 1980s. Click on the spoiler tag to read more...
Davros DVD details
DVD and VideoSeptember 25, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
The official website has released full details for the forthcoming Davros DVD box set, scheduled for release in the UK on November 26, 2007. In the set, Genesis of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks will contain the same material as the previously released DVDs of those stories. Destiny of the Daleks will also contain roughly the same material as the separate DVD of the story being released on the same day. However, the box set will contain a two-disc version of Remembrance of the Daleks, with the following extras:
The documentaries "Back to School" and "Remembrances" are new, and are not found on the previously released single DVD version of Remembrance of the Daleks. The original Region 2 DVD of Remembrance also had a few missing effects shots, which will be restored in the box set version.
The set will also include a new documentary on the character and history of Davros, titled "Davros Connections".
Finally, the box set will contain eight audio dramas from Big Finish Productions starring Terry Molloy as Davros. The stories are Davros (starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor), The Juggernauts (also starring Colin Baker), Terror Firma (starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor), the four parts of the miniseries I, Davros, and a new audio drama, The Davros Mission, written by Nicholas Briggs. The BBC site describes this new story, specially commissioned for the DVD box set, thus: "Davros is taken by the Daleks for trial and imminent execution. But even in his darkest hour, he finds allies and an insatiable cunning to survive..."
Only 10,000 of the individually numbered box sets will be issued.
Sarah Jane Ratings
BroadcastingSeptember 25, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures achieved a rating of 1.3 million viewers, an 11% share of the audience.
This is much higher than CBBC programmes usually get in this slot. Last Monday, Escape from Scorpion Island got 0.9 million.
In the children's chart, the programme was the 6th most watched of the day with an audience of 0.5 million which was a 29.8% share.
Over on CBBC the second episode was watched by 0.44 million making the programme the most watched of the day on CBBC and the 7th most watched programme on multi channel television.
TV Series NewsSeptember 24, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
The official Doctor Who website has released some information about an upcoming story in Series Four. The story will be set in Pompeii in AD 79, just before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In this episode the Doctor and Donna are faced with a moral dilemma: should they warn the residents of the impending disaster and change the course of history, or let history take its course?
Guest stars in the episode will include Academy Award and BAFTA winner Peter Capaldi ("The Thick of It") as Caecillius, Tracey Childs ("Howards' Way") as Metella, and Phil Davis ("Quadrophenia") as Lucius; Davis also appeared with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann in the film Alien3.
As previously reported, filming for the Pompeii episode took place at Rome's Cinecitta Studios.
This is not the first Doctor Who story set in the last days of Pompeii; the Big Finish Productions audio drama The Fires of Vulcan, starring Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford as the Seventh Doctor and Mel, was set in the same time and place. It is not known whether the forthcoming television story is adapted from the audio play. In the 2005 series, the Big Finish play Jubilee was adapted into the television episode Dalek; elements of Spare Parts inspired 2006's Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel; and for the 2007 series, Paul Cornell adapted his novel Human Nature for television.
Australian media coverage
Press ClipsSeptember 23, 2007 Posted By Adam Kirk
The final two episodes of series 3 of Doctor Who have received glowing reviews in the Australian media. Respected Sydney Morning Herald TV critic, Ruth Ritchie writes 'David Tennant has no trouble carrying the magnificent Dr Who . . . In these last two episodes, brilliantly written by Russell T. Davies, the Best Dr Ever has the good grace, sense and brows to let equally charismatic John Simm hog the limelight.
It never occurred to me that Tony Blair could have been a disgruntled time lord determined to involve America in the destruction of the planet. But once you see Simm portray just such a slimy, sexy PM, it really makes sense . . . Dr Who is built on rock-solid science fiction, reassuringly familiar elements such as the Tardis, great characterisation and really superior coats that move when the characters run.
There are many layers to Dr Who, as well as sexy men in flowing coats, and some of the wittiest writing on television. Tennant's ability to carry an audience on often impossibly silly journeys seals his CV as serious TV star . . . Tennant has a wide-eyed, inclusive appeal. More importantly, his famous character, the doctor, is charming, brilliant but ultimately flawed. He can sense and solve cataclysmic problems in the universe yet he is oblivious to the most obvious human emotions of all those around him. He's Superman with Asperger's. Now you don't see that every day.'
Bronwyn Thompson of the Sydney tabloid The Daily Telegraph also writes, in a review of 'The Sound of Drums', that 'it's no easy feat drawing swords against the comical melodrama of David Tennant, but the casting of John Simm . . . is genius. He's easily one of the best young actors on British TV and plays the conniving and crazy Master almost too convincingly.' Melinda Houston of the Melbourne Sunday Age also writes of the 'Last of the Time Lords', that 'another blindingly good series draws to a close . . . (Boo!) in a riotous episode that leaves us both satisfied and longing for more. (Yay!)'. Jen Rosenberg, of the Sydney Morning Herald, also gives the series final a thumbs up, writing that it 'has all the markings of a great epic, like a weird hybrid of 'Lord of the Rings', Big Brother (the George Orwell variety) and 'Star Trek', with shades of the Bible thrown in', while Jim Schembri, of The Age, says this episode is 'loads of fun, as usual'. Meanwhile, Ian Cuthbertson of The Weekend Australian says that 'this season finale is not called 'Last of the Time Lords' for nothing. Miss it and you may regret it forever.'
Torchwood has also received some good Aussie press. Michael Idato, of the Sydney Morning Herald, writes of 'Captain Jack Harkness' that 'Catherine Tregenna's script was the best of this series, ranking alongside Steven Moffatt's 'The Girl in the Fireplace' and 'Blink' . . . for its clever and inventive handling of time travel, with both the past and present storylines playing out simultaneously, the former shaping the latter as the plots unfolded.' In other Torchwood news, Imparja Television, an Aboriginal owned television company which broadcasts over huge parts of remote Australia, has begun broadcasting the spin-off on Wednesday nights at 10.30pm.
Finally, in the ratings, Doctor Who has remained competitive during the Australian footy finals season: while 'Utopia' dipped to 740,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals, 'The Sound of Drums' rallied to 878,000 viewers. The season final, the full 51 minute version of the 'Last of the Time Lords', received 889,000 viewers and was the ABC's top programme outside the news. Meanwhile, Torchwood's 'End of Days' received 160,000 viewers, its best performance in the midnight timeslot for Channel Ten. For more ratings details see the Sydney Morning Herald�s Tribal Mind.
Mary Tamm Interview
PeopleSeptember 23, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Wiltshire has released a new interview with Classic Series companion Mary Tamm. Tamm appeared on BBC Radio Wiltshire's Afternoon Show with Sue Davies to promote the upcoming Key to Time DVD Box set. The interview includes Tamm speaking about her time on the series, attending fan conventions, working with Tom Baker and her Estonian roots.
Return to the Web Planet
Big FinishSeptember 23, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released full cover and story information for this year's subscriber bonus story, Return to the Web Planet.
"It's an ancient name. From the dark time..."
It's been hundreds of years and several regenerations since the Doctor last visited the insect world of Vortis. Much has changed during his absence, but not necessarily for the better.
This now green and pleasant land isn't the paradise it first appears. Something malevolent is living out in The Desolation... And the Doctor and Nyssa must solve the mystery before the City of Light is overrun.
Big Finish Update
Big FinishSeptember 23, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released the first release information for 2008.
January sees The Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem meeting The Bride of Peladon. Jane Goddard plays Alpha Centauri, a character who appeared in both of the Third Doctor's television trips to the planet.
"Peladon will bathe in oceans of blood!
A mysterious voice, a missing girl and a murdered queen. The Royal House of Peladon is once more plunged into intrigue, terror and death. The Doctor, Peri and Erimem must find their way through a treacherous labyrinth of lies if they are to distinguish friend from foe before it is too late.
For deep beneath the Citadel of Peladon, something infinitely ancient and immeasurably powerful is stirring..."
February has the Sixth Doctor facing The Condemned. The House of Thomas Brewster gets a visit from the Fifth Doctor in April. The Sixth Doctor gets hunted by the Assassin in the Limelight in May, while The Death Collectors come for the Seventh Doctor in June.
Big FinishSeptember 23, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released story and narrator details on the upcoming second series of The Companion Chronicles.
Set to be released in October, Mother Russia sees Peter Purves returning to the role of Steven Taylor alongside Tony Millan.
"It's 1812 and the Doctor, Steven and Dodo get ready to spend their winter in a Russian village. The French are on their way, but that's not the only invasion the travellers will have to deal with."
Helicon Prime, due out in November, features Frazer Hines returning to the role of Jamie with Suzanne Proctor.
"It's been a long time since Jamie McCrimmon remembered anything about his travels with the Doctor, but his visit to Helicon Prime just won't stay hidden... but why remember their murder investigation now?"
Nicholas Courtney reads Old Soldiers, the December release, a story for the Third Doctor told by the Brigadier. Toby Longworth guest stars.
"Old soldiers, comrades in arms - the Brigadier saw many fall during his years with UNIT, but perhaps none more tragically than those at Kreigskind. Called to help when a friend falls ill, how can Leftbridge-Stewart fight an enemy that can breach every defence?"
Leela returns in January, once again played by Louise Jameson in The Catalyst. This Fourth Doctor tale features guest star Timothy Watson.
"The pride of the Z'nai matches that of Leela of the Sevateem. Why would the Doctor imprison one in such an unlikely place, and what terrors will be brought about by letting it loose?"
UK DVD News
DVD and VideoSeptember 20, 2007 Posted By Marcus
The official website has confirmed the release of the 1979 Tom Baker story Destiny of the Daleks.
Extras on the disc include a commentary from Lalla Ward, David Gooderson and director Ken Grieve and a documentary about Dalek creator Terry Nation.
This Disc will be released on 26 November. The story will also form part of a special Davros boxset.
The final extra on the disk is a trail for a forthcoming DVD boxset release of Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Sea Devils and Warriors of the Deep.
Meanwhile in November, BBC Children's DVD release the animated story The Infinite Quest. The story was first shown as part of the Totally Doctor Who series. It is released on 5th November 2007.
On the same day The Complete Series 3 Box Set will be released. The box set comes in three versions, a general trade one, and editions with special covers exclusive to Amazon and Woolworths.
New Radio Times
Press ClipsSeptember 18, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
The latest issue of the BBC's ever Who-friendly Radio Times listings magazine is released in the UK today, and contains various items of interest to Doctor Who fans.
Billie Piper is the issue's cover star and the subject of an interview inside the magazine, promoting her new ITV2 drama series The Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Interviewer Zoe Williams writes: "She won't be drawn on Doctor Who (will she return before David Tennant departs?) - for personal or contractual reasons, we can only guess."
On page three, Radio Times editor Gill Hudson asks her readers to guess what connects three of the major television events of the week - Billie Piper's new role, the first appearance of Christopher Eccleston in BBC Two's run of the US fantasy series Heroes, and the return of Sarah Jane Smith. "Right first time!" Hudson tells her readers.
The Sarah Jane Adventures is listed as one of the picks of the week on page four, and on page 31 is given a one-page preview feature, in which Gareth McLean interviews Russell T Davies about the show and his return to children's television, where he started out with dramas such as Dark Season in 1991, from which a photo of Kate Winslet and Jacqueline Pearce is shown.
"I loved the sort of dramas that were set in this world, but had an otherworldliness to them," Davies tells McLean. "They had all this possibility that there were fantastic forces at work beneath the ordinariness of the world. How marvellous!" Davies also reflects on how he never felt children were his natural audience, and on the changes to children's television since he worked in it. He concludes that "With the likes of Disney investing so much money in children's TV, I do feel optimistic about its future."
The Sarah Jane Adventures is one 'Today's Choices' for Monday September 24th, with reviewer Mark Braxton commenting: "The show looks perfect for cheering up Mondays; it confirms the promise of the pilot and has its heart in exactly the right place."
The magazine also confirms that the next episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures will follow on the CBBC Channel at 5.30pm on Monday, immediately following the previous episode's BBC One premiere.
The Preposterous Files
MiscellaneousSeptember 18, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
This coming Sunday, September 23rd, BBC Radio 4 will be airing the first episode of a new documentary series, The Preposterous Files, investigating the history of strange stories from the files of Britain's National Archives.
The opening episode is called "Metropolitan Police: The Tardis", and looks at various reports on police public call boxes, compiled by Britain's Home Office.
Historian Julian Putkowski, who presents the programme, tells the new issue of the BBC's Radio Times listings magazine: "[The documents] show a very tradtional organisation, in this case the Metropolitan Police, struggling to change, to keep up with their competitors (the criminals), implementing, for want of a better expression, IT. That's one version of events. However, it turns out the box wasn't to keep tabs on the crooks but on the policemen! The inspectors would call every hour to check up on their whereabouts."
"The Preposterous Files - Metropolitan Police: The Tardis" is on BBC Radio 4 this Sunday from 2.45 to 3.00pm. Overseas fans can listen live at bbc.co.uk/radio4.
Elisabeth Sladen interview
PeopleSeptember 16, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
Elisabeth Sladen has spoken to The Daily Telegraph newspaper about her role in the forthcoming Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, which begins its run on BBC One on Monday 24th September.
She tells journalist Simon Swift: "I did that episode, School Reunion, and I thought what a lovely end for my character... Then, as Torchwood was coming out, I got a call saying Russell [T Davies - Doctor Who's executive producer] would like to take me out for lunch to talk about something else. I thought, 'I'm going to be in Torchwood.' And he said: 'We want to do a series called The Sarah Jane Adventures.' I absolutely didn't see it coming."
Sladen also tells Swift that she would have been irritated had the spin-off project been given to any other former companion. "I would be p***** off to my socks. I would have said, 'Well, they know what they're doing,' but I would have secretly thought, 'Oh, what a mistake they've made'."
Sarah Jane website updated
SpinoffsSeptember 15, 2007 Posted By Josiah Rowe
CBBC has updated the official website of The Sarah Jane Adventures, in anticipation of the series' debut on September 24. The website contains a teaser clip from Revenge of the Slitheen, a "data matrix" for interfacing with Sarah Jane's computer "Mr. Smith", a tour of Sarah Jane's attic and more.
At the moment, the site is not restricted to UK IP addresses (as it had been previously). Thanks to the CBBC web designers for allowing fans from outside the UK to use the website.
Torchwood breaks records
TorchwoodSeptember 13, 2007 Posted By Marcus
BBC America has said the premiere of Torchwood on the channel delivered the biggest audience of any drama premiere in the 58-million-subscriber network's history.
The series, shown at 9pm Eastern Time on Saturday nights, attracted 496,000 total viewers, according to network officials.
In the target demographic of persons ages 25 to 54, the premier got 297,000 viewers. That's slightly ahead of how action drama Robin Hood performed when it premiered last year, at about the same rating (0.42). Viewer numbers were higher for Torchwood than Robin Hood because BBCAmerica is in more homes now.
A second airing, at midnight ET and 9 p.m. PT Saturday, delivered a 0.19 rating (139,000 viewers) in the target demographic, or 241,000 viewers overall.
Figures cited are live viewing and same-day viewing, which adds in a day�s worth of digitally recorded watching.
Meanwhile the series has received some very good reviews in the US press.
The Hollywood Reporter called the series "a crackling good, brilliantly conceived sci-fi series that targets actual grownups" while the Los Angeles Times described the show as "indescribably delicious".
TV Guide said the programme was a "a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off" and Variety said it has the fixings of a thinking-man's sci-fi series that doesn't take itself too seriously.
The Kansas City Star says the programme is "one of the best serial dramas to arrive on American television in 2007" and The Philadelphia Inquirer describes it as "by turns super-slick, raw, bizarre, hilarious, spooky, scary and sublimely sexy".
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette calls Torchwood "an adult sci-fi show with a sense of humor", The Seattle Post Intelligencer calls it "a thrilling spinoff" and The San Jose Mercury News says the series is "an imaginative, wickedly funny spinoff from the revived and revitalized Doctor Who".
Thanks to Jim Harper for the US press reviews
Start Date for Sarah Jane
SpinoffsSeptember 12, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have announced that The Sarah Jane Adventures will begin broadcasting on Monday, September 24th at 5:00 pm. On Sunday the 23rd, CBBC will be repeating the New Year's special Invasion of the Bane. The first story of the series will be Revenge of the Slitheen by Gareth Roberts.
Sarah Jane Smith, investigative journalist and former companion to The Doctor, is back in a brand-new CBBC drama from the makers of Doctor Who. And in the first two-part story of the series she faces some familiar alien enemies of The Doctor as the Slitheen are back and out for revenge...
On their first day at their new school Maria and Luke soon realise that all is not as it seems. There's a funny smell, the food keeps going off, the teachers keep farting and the new technology block is hiding some dark secrets.
With their suspicions aroused, Sarah Jane, Maria and Luke set about investigating, joined by their new friend Clyde. They soon discover that the Slitheen have disguised themselves as teachers as part of a deadly plan which threatens the future of the Earth.
But as Maria, Luke and Clyde become trapped in the new technology block in the clutches of the Slitheen and with Sarah Jane under attack from another of the alien monsters, will the gang be able to stop the Slitheen before it's too late?
Weeping Angels Scariest Monster
MiscellaneousSeptember 12, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Weeping Angels from Series Three episode Blink have topped the Doctor Who Adventures scariest monster poll by receiving 55 percent of the Vote. The Master came in second with 15 percent, while The Daleks came in third with 4 percent.
Moray Laing, editor of Doctor Who Adventures says, "The Weeping Angels are a fantastic addition to the long list of scary monsters in Doctor Who. Children will definitely remember being scared by them for years to come. Also, the idea that you could possibly escape a creature by not blinking is inspired... but it's not as easy as it sounds! The Daleks usually come top of every monster poll - so the Weeping Angels should be proud of their achievement! I wonder what the Daleks would say to the news?"
The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures will be out on September 13th and will feature a full spread on the Weeping Angels.
The Church of the ... Time Lord?
MiscellaneousSeptember 12, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
The Anglican church used two years ago as the location for the episode Father's Day is to invite its congregation to compare a Time Lord with the Lord of Time at a special Dr Who-themed church service.
According to an article in the Metro, teenagers are being targeted for the "cafe-style" Communion service, with music and video clips from the hit series, at St Paul's Church in Grangetown, Cardiff.
Fr Dean Atkins, youth officer for the Diocese, is quoted as saying: "The figure of Doctor Who is somebody who comes to save the world, almost a Messiah figure. In the series there are lots of references to salvation and the Doctor being almost immortal. We are using the figure of Doctor Who as a parable of Christ."
Classic Series Toy Update
MerchandiseSeptember 11, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Character Options have announced the first in the new Classic Series range of figures. The first wave will include four single releases and two twin packs. There is currently not a release date. The list is still under negotiations and approvals, but Wave 1 is currently slated to include:
The Fourth Doctor in his Red velvet jacket from the story Revenge of the Cybermen. This figure will include two interchangeable heads - one with the hat, one without.
The Fifth Doctor with short hair as seen in the story Resurrection of the Daleks.
The Sixth Doctor in his patchwork frock coat with short hair as seen in Attack of the Cybermen.
A Sea Devil complete with string vest.
A Zygon with the Skarassen control device.
Voc Robots from The Robots of Death. This twin pack will include SV-7 (Super Voc) and D-84 (Dum Class).
Magnus Greel and Mr Sin from Talons of Weng Chiang will be the second twin pack.
Spring Books Announced
BooksSeptember 11, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have announced details on the upcoming trio of novels set to be released in May 2008. These three novels will feature the Tenth Doctor and Martha.
Martha in the Mirror by Justin Richards
Castle Extremis - whoever holds it can control the provinces either side that have been at war for centuries. Now the castle is about to play host to the signing of a peace treaty. But as the Doctor and Martha find out, not everyone wants the war to end.
Who is the strange little girl who haunts the castle? What is the secret of the book the Doctor finds, its pages made from thin, brittle glass? Who is the hooded figure that watches from the shadows? And what is the secret of the legendary Mortal Mirror?
The Doctor and Martha don't have long to find the answers - an army is on the march, and the castle will soon be under siege once more.
Snowglobe 7 by Mike Tucker
Earth, 2099. Global warming is devastating the climate. The polar ice caps are melting.
In a desperate attempt at preservation the Governments of the world have removed vast sections of the Arctic and Antarctic and set them inside huge domes across the world. The Doctor and Martha arrive in Snowglobe 7 in the Middle East, hoping for peace and relaxation. But they soon discover that it's not only ice and snow that has been preserved beneath the Dome.
While Martha struggles to help with an infection sweeping through the holidaymakers the Doctor discovers an alien threat that has lain hidden since the last ice age. A threat that is starting to thaw.
The Many Hands by Dale Smith
The Nor' Loch is being filled in. If you ask the soldiers there, they'll tell you it's a stinking cesspool that the city can do without. But that doesn't explain why the workers won't go near the place without an armed guard.
That doesn't explain why they whisper stories about the loch giving up its dead, about the minister who walked into his church twelve years after he died�
It doesn't explain why, as they work, they whisper about a man called the Doctor. And about the many hands of Alexander Monro.
Planet of Evil
DVD and VideoSeptember 10, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have released full information on the upcoming release of the classic Fourth Doctor story, Planet of Evil. Featuring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, the DVD is slated for release on October 15th, 2007.
Special Features Include -
Commentary with actors Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Prentis Hancock (Salamar), and producer Philip Hinchcliffe.
Planetary Performance - a look at the making of the story from an actor's perspective.
Studio Scene - the only surviving behind-the-scenes footage from the story.
Canada: Doctor Who pre-empted again this week
BroadcastingSeptember 10, 2007 Posted By Mike Doran
Doctor Who is being pre-empted again this week by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) due to the live broadcast of the 2007 Canadian Country Music Awards. The live broadcast from Regina, Saskatchewan would have affected the broadcast of Doctor Who across most of the country.
Doctor Who was also pre-empted in parts of Canada last week due to Labour Day CFL Football broadcasts in some timezones. Areas that were not affected by the live football saw a repeat of the episode Gridlock.
Doctor Who will return to the CBC on Monday September 17th with the episode Utopia.
Tate takes action
PeopleSeptember 10, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
Doctor Who star Catherine Tate is taking action against a Christian group which used catchphrases from her BBC Two sketch show without permission, reports BBC News. Tate is one of a number of British comedy stars, including Matt Lucas and Big Finish / Doctor Who Night actor David Walliams of "Little Britain" fame, taking action against the organisation.
Christian Publishing Outreach (CPO) employed slogans used by Tate's characters, such as "Am I bovvered?" and "How very dare you!", alongside excerpts from the Bible on a series of posters made commercially available to church groups for twenty-five pounds per set. The posters were aimed at attracting the attention of younger people.
Tiger Aspect Productions, the company which produces Tate's award-winning sketch show The Catherine Tate Show for BBC Two, confirmed to BBC News that they had sought legal proceedings on her behalf. CPO has withdrawn its posters from sale.
SCI-FI Weekly grades Torchwood
SpinoffsSeptember 8, 2007 Posted By Brigadier Bill
Reviewer Kathy Huddleston of SCI-FI WEEKLY grades the first episode of Torchwood and gives it an A.
She writes "From Russell T. Davies comes a new series that explores the Earth-bound underbelly of the Doctor Who universe. The American premiere of Torchwood on BBC America offers up an exciting and dark series that goes places where Doctor Who can't."
She goes on to compliment the "grown up" version of Doctor Who and praises the uniqueness of Captain Jack. "The Web site promises Torchwood is a cross between The X-Files and Angel. That's true, but there's also enough Doctor Who in the mix to make us feel at home. Beyond that, we have Capt. Jack, the first bisexual character to lead a sci-fi series. Now that's what I call a new frontier."
BBC7 Revisits McGann
Big FinishSeptember 8, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC7 is currently set to begin re-running the Big Finish Eighth Doctor audios that have aired on the station over the next several weeks. BBC7 programmes can be heard either live on the internet or for seven days afterwards using BBC7's Listen Again option.
The series begins Monday, September 10th at 6pm with Shada, and continues every weeknight thereafter.
Revenge of the Judoon
BooksSeptember 7, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Books have released details on the next Doctor Who Quick Reads novel, Revenge of the Judoon. Written by Terrance Dicks, this novel sends the Doctor and Martha to Balmoral in 1902. Revenge of the Judoon will be out on March 6th, 2008.
Here they meet Captain Harry Carruthers � friend of the new king Edward VII. Together they head for the castle to see the king � only to find that Balmoral Castle is gone, leaving just a hole in the ground. The Doctor realises it is the work of the Judoon � a race of ruthless intergalactic mercenary space police.
While Martha and Carruthers seek answers in London, the Doctor finds himself in what should be the most deserted place on Earth � and he is not alone.
With help from Arthur Conan Doyle, the Doctor and his friends discover a plot to take over the world. With time running out, who will fall victim to the revenge of the Judoon?
FandomSeptember 6, 2007 Posted By Mike Doran
The latest issue of Enlightenment, (#139), the fanzine of the Doctor Who Information Network -- North America's largest Doctor Who fan club -- features an interview with writer Steven Moffat (The Empty Child, The Girl In The Fireplace, Blink) where he talks about his work on the series, what makes Doctor Who so great, and gives us a glimpse into writing Blink, an episode where the Doctor isn't around much. Also: Does Doctor Who have an agenda? How does Doctor Who's changing cast connect to a new shipping fanbase? And can the Two-Four crew survive 15 episodes with the Roger Delgado Master? Enlightenment is available from the Doctor Who Information Network website.
Sarah Jane press release
BroadcastingSeptember 6, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
The BBC Press Office has today released a report promoting the forthcoming Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, which it states will begin broadcasting at the end of September. The first story, "Revenge of the Slitheen", will feature the return of the Raxacoricofallapatorian family last seen in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. Details from the press release can be found in the box at the bottom of this article.
Executive producer Russell T Davies is quoted as saying that: "This is a wonderful opportunity, to use all our Doctor Who resources here in Cardiff for the making of a brand new drama for CBBC. We hope brand new viewers join us for ten full-blooded episodes of excitement and danger, headlined by a truly excellent cast."
Star Elisabeth Sladen adds: "It's great to be back enjoying Sarah Jane with some fantastic new adventures. There's still so much more to find out about her after all these years. I hope that viewers have as much fun watching the series as I did making it."
The BBC's Doctor Who website also has an item about Sarah Jane's upcoming encounter with the Slitheen.
The new series The Sarah Jane Adventures sees the return of some familiar alien enemies from Doctor Who as the Slitheen are back and out for revenge.
Coming to CBBC on BBC One and CBBC at the end of September 2007, The Sarah Jane Adventures stars one of Doctor Who's most famous former companions � investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.
The series is from the same people behind Doctor Who including multi-award winning writer Russell T Davies.
Having travelled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane is used to dealing with alien encounters.
But when her young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde join her they soon become embroiled in a mysterious world of chases, danger, and monsters from outer space, discovering that life on Earth can be an adventure too.
In Revenge Of The Slitheen, the first two-part story from the new series, Maria, Luke and Clyde realise that all is not as it seems on their first day at their new school.
The food keeps going off, there's a funny smell and the new technology block is hiding some dark secrets. They soon find out that the Slitheen have disguised themselves as teachers as part of their deadly plan which threatens the future of Earth.
Will Sarah Jane and the gang be able to stop them all before it's too late?
Australian media coverage
Press ClipsSeptember 5, 2007 Posted By Adam Kirk
Perth Now has reported on the 'outrage' of local Torchwood fans at Channel Ten's decision to move the show to a midnight timeslot. A 'publicist' for Channel Ten is quoted as saying: 'Although 'Torchwood' launched to an impressive number it was not able to sustain ratings up against particularly tough competition. We thank loyal fans for their support and we will play out the series, albeit on Tuesday's late night.'
Meanwhile, Judy Adamson of the Sydney Morning Herald writes, in a review of 'Blink', that 'the monsters are not only fabulously inventive, they're uncomfortably scary.' The Melbourne Herald-Sun also writes of the 'downright scary' statues in 'Blink', describing it 'the best episode of the series so far' and gives it four stars. Greg Hassall, also of the Sydney Morning Herald, gives 'Utopia' a thumbs up, writing that 'it's a great episode, with plenty of wickedly barbed dialogue between Harkness, Martha and the Doctor. The pay-off comes at the end, setting up a stellar conclusion to the season.'
Finally, in the ratings, Doctor Who has risen again: 'The Family of Blood' scored 865,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals, while 'Blink' was also the ABC's top rating Saturday programme, scoring 873,000 viewers. Meanwhile, Torchwood's ratings have remained steady in the Tuesday midnight timeslot on 'Channel Ten'. 'Combat' received 147,000 viewers while 'Captain Jack Harkness' received 151,000 viewers. For more ratings details see the Sydney Morning Herald�s Tribal Mind.
Thanks to Kamelian for the 'Perth Now' story.
Tennant to be an Extra?
PeopleSeptember 5, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
What's On TV and The Sun are reporting that Doctor Who star David Tennant is to guest in an 80-minute Christmas special episode of the popular BBC Two / HBO sitcom Extras, playing himself. The series, written by and starring Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, features celebrity guests playing parody versions of themselves in each episode, and according to the What's On TV report: "TV bosses are keeping quiet about David's appearance in the final episode of the award-winning comedy - but insiders have hinted that it will be linked to his role as The Doctor."
Tennant's girlfriend, Doctor Who guest star Sophia Myles, appeared in an episode of the second series of Extras in 2006.
Sarah Jane Adventures DVD Cover
MerchandiseSeptember 4, 2007 Posted By Kenny Davidson
Virgin Megastore has released the apparent cover for the DVD release of "Invasion of the Bane", the pilot episode of Sarah Jane Adventures. Click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version.
The DVD is due in UK shops from 29th October.
TV Quick / TV Choice Awards
TV Series NewsSeptember 4, 2007 Posted By Paul Hayes
For the second year running, Doctor Who and its star David Tennant have won prizes at the annual television awards ceremony run jointly by British TV Quick and TV Choice magazines, the results of which are voted on by readers of those publications.
ITN reports that the series won Best-Loved Drama at last night's ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London, with Tennant taking home the prize for Best Actor. Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood was also a success at the ceremony, winning the award for Best New Drama.
The BBC News Online report on the awards features a comment from Tennant on his forthcoming stage role as Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company next year, which he describes himself as being "very excited and very scared" about. The report further states that on the subject of the 2010 series of Doctor Who, he commented that he did not know if he would be starring in it as "it's in 2010".
"Gap Year" and Fifth Series Plans Announced
TV Series NewsSeptember 3, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Following media speculation, the BBC have confirmed future plans for Doctor Who in a press release today.
After the fourth series airs in 2008, David Tennant will continue in the role of the Doctor for a Christmas special at the end of 2008. After that, instead of a full series beginning filming, the production team, with Tennant still in the role, will be working on three Doctor Who specials, led by Russell T Davies, to be shown on BBC1 throughout the year of 2009. A fifth full series is scheduled for 2010, though as BBC News point out, casting is unconfirmed for that far ahead.
Media speculation was sparked by reports that Tennant had been cast in the title role of Hamlet, in a production for the Royal Shakespeare Company from July to November 2008. This would have conflicted with filming a fifth series for airing in the spring of 2009. The RSC 2008 Flyer and BBC News are confirming Tennant's role in the play.
Rumors over the past several months have suggested that the show would be going on a sort of 'temporary hiatus' after the fourth series, though the BBC has emphasized the series' return for a full fifth year. It is not known whether Davies will continue in the helm of the series when it does return on a weekly basis, however.
The press release included the following quotes:
Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, says: "Doctor Who is one of the BBC's best loved and most successful dramas. Its journey over the past three series has been one of the most ambitious and exciting that we have had, and I'm delighted to be able to confirm not only three exciting specials for 2009, but a fifth series in 2010."
Menna Richards, Controller, BBC Wales, says: "The success of Doctor Who is a fantastic tribute to the dedication and expertise of the production team at BBC Wales who have worked on the project from the outset. This announcement is marvellous news for all involved, and more importantly for the programme's amazing fan base and audience. BBC Wales is looking forward to producing the fifth series."
Infinite Quest - Repeat
BroadcastingSeptember 1, 2007 Posted By Marcus
Viewers in the United Kingdom can see a repeat of the animated Doctor Who Story, The Infinite Quest on Sunday morning, at 9.10 on BBC2.
The Infinite Quest was originally shown as part of the CBBC series Totally Doctor Who.
Meanwhile BBC3 continues its repeat schedule with Season Three, showing weekday evenings at 7pm.
Moffat wins second Hugo
PeopleSeptember 1, 2007 Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The results of the 2007 Hugo Awards have been announced at Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention, in Yokohama, Japan. The Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form went to The Girl in the Fireplace by Steven Moffat.
This is Moffat's second Hugo win, following from last year's win for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Other Doctor Who nominees in the category this year included Army of Ghosts/Doomsday by Russell T Davies and School Reunion by Toby Whithouse.