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August 2007

Agyeman Cited In Racism Row Defence
August 31, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The BBC has hit back at claims of racism by citing Freema Agyeman as an example of how it is nurturing ethnic talent.

TV writer Jimmy McGovern made the accusation during an interview on BBC Five Live to promote his new stage play King Cotton, which is among commemorations marking the bicentenary of Britain abolishing the slave trade.

BBC News says interviewer Simon Mayo asked him if the country was less racist than it once was, to which McGovern replied: "I have got to say this, you will not like this. But I've worked a lot in the BBC, you know.

"I love the BBC as an institution and as an organisation and you do see lots of black faces in the BBC. But you see them in the canteen. You do not see them in positions of power.

"It would appear to me that one of the most racist institutions in England is in fact the BBC."

Mayo called it "a very serious allegation", saying the BBC would respond, and later read out a statement in which the corporation said: "What really matters is that we reflect our audiences through our programmes.

"The BBC's ambition is to reflect the ethnic and social mix of people around the country. We're actively seeking and nurturing ethnic talents both on and off the air.

"This has been coming through in our output with a range of presenters and reporters across our peak-time programmes, for example Freema Agyeman in Doctor Who, the forthcoming Omid Djalili show, Dance X, and dramas such as Waterloo Road.

"It is something we are always looking to improve on."

Last year in an interview, showrunner Russell T Davies refuted McGovern's claim that there was little decent drama on ITV at 9pm and disagreed with him over how drama could portray world truths.

(Thanks to Dazzler42.)
Friday Night Project spreads Bowie rumor
Special Events
August 31, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Friday Night Project, a variety show airing in the UK on Channel 4, has included a question which furthers a casting rumor for Series Four. One of the questions was, "Which rockstar is set to appear in Doctor Who?", to which the answer by them was David Bowie. This follows from a week of rumors, which have all been denied by representatives for Bowie.
Torchwood Vlog
August 31, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
After Elton, a popular gay-themed blog hosted by the Logo network, has invited SyFyPortal.com founder Michael Hinman and the popular former science-fiction radio personality Meredith Hogan to host a series of Vlogs (video logs) that will highlight each episode of "Torchwood's" first season.

The Vlogs will run between 10 to 15 minutes, and will talk about different aspects of each episodes, as well as some of the gay themes present in each show.

Each Vlog will appear on the After Elton Web site by the Monday following each episode's broadcast. Hinman is already a fan of the series, and will be giving a perspective from someone who is watching the show for the second time as it airs on BBC America. Hogan, however, will be a newcomer to the show (and practically to the 'Doctor Who' universe), so she will provide a fresh, "new fan" perspective to the show.

"We've always been true practitioners of Gene Roddenberry's philosophy of infinite diversity in infinite combinations," Hinman said. "I know that has become almost a cliche in science-fiction, but up until shows like 'Torchwood,' that cliche didn't seem to exist when it came to our friends in the gay and lesbian community."
Davison's 20 Questions
August 31, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Whatsonstage.com has posted a 20 question interview with Peter Davison, who is seen below in his role as King Arthur in Spamalot. Davison had the following to say about his time with Doctor Who.
You're quite well known to many as being the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who. Does it all seem so long ago?

Not really, no. You're always connected with Doctor Who in some shape or form. I still do the occasional audio CD, and I'm always being asked to come in and do commentaries on the re-releases of the episodes that I did. You're always connected to it. The people who are making it now are fans of the shows from when I used to be in it, and I know quite a few of them personally.
Blackpool Illuminations
Special Events
August 31, 2007  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
As reported back in May, tonight sees David Tennant flicking the switch for the annual Blackpool Illuminations party tonight (31st Aug). The event will take place around 9:30pm and will also be broadcast live on a BBC Radio 2 show presented by Dale Winton (8:30-9:30pm).

More details can be found on the illuminations website, and has been reported today by Pendle Today and 24dash.
Jackie Potter, Strategic Director, Tourism and Regeneration said on 22nd August:

We are absolutely delighted that David Tennant has accepted our invitation to switch on the Lights on Friday 31 August 2007. Blackpool’s Switch On celebrations are enjoyed by a huge family audience and we are sure this will be a popular choice.

The free concert during which he will throw the switch marks the start of Blackpool’s Big Switch On Weekend. We hope that thousands of fans of David, and of Blackpool, will join us in the celebrations and that they stay to enjoy all the free events Blackpool will be hosting throughout the weekend and indeed during the Illuminations Season.

The 2007 Illuminations will also be a delight for Doctor Who fans, as Illuminations bosses are soon to unveil plans for a new display featuring characters and creatures from forthcoming episodes.

Tennant joins an illustrious list of stars to have launched the lights including the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, who illuminated the town as Doctor Who back in 1975.

Sci-Fi fans are in for a real treat with the 2007 display, as the most menacing, mysterious, and mean monsters from the most recent series of Doctor Who make their Illuminations debut. These new displays are situated outside the Dr Who Exhibition.
Doctor Who Adventures 37
August 30, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures is released today and includes a chance to win a life-size bronze Dalek!
Beware the Carrionites on the cover. Inside the magazine, you can read a bigger and better Tales from the TARDIS all about the Doctor defeating the hideous hags from the Deep Darkness.


News – our first picture of the Doctor and Donna.
Fact file – take a look at medical student turned time traveller, Miss Martha Jones.
Adventure guide / Doctor Who Confidential extra – things get hot for the Doctor and Martha in the episode 42.
Comic strip – the concluding part of Signs of Life.
Doctor’s Data – former TARDIS traveller, Sarah Jane Smith.
Scary mask – the Lazarus monster – perfect for games of hide and seek!
Who knows? – your Doctor Who questions answered.
Posters – three exclusive posters from 42, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords.
Win – goodies up for grabs.
Puzzles – loads of Time Teasers – and don’t miss out on Bloodtide and Doomfinger’s Woven word search!

Please note: Daleks that survived the Time War are NOT allowed to enter the Dalek competition, but humans everywhere are.
Tennant hits the stage
August 30, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced their 2008 line-up, which features David Tennant in two roles.

From July 24th until November 15th 2008, Tennant will be starring in the title role in Hamlet, alongside Patrick Stewart playing Claudius. Fans of the new series will also be excited to note that from October 2nd until November 15th 2008, Tennant will be playing Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost. Love's Labour's Lost was a major plot point in Series 3 episode The Shakespeare Code.
BBC warns about imposters
August 30, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC have issued a statement reminding fans to be alert and watch out for online imposters. "There have been several recent cases of people posing as David Tennant in internet chat rooms and forums - as well as setting up social networking profiles in his name. David would like to point out that neither he, nor Catherine Tate use these kinds of sites, chatrooms or forums, and wouldn't want fans to be disappointed or misled if they thought they were talking to the real actors. We would strongly advise all Doctor Who fans for their own safety to ignore any such postings and not be fooled by impersonators - it will never be David or Catherine online."

Follow-up statement from the Outpost Gallifrey site editor: "We support this statement by the BBC. While David Tennant has indeed visited Outpost Gallifrey in the past -- he has stated so several times in interviews with Doctor Who Magazine and other sources -- he has not posted in our Forum, nor is he likely to, and anyone attempting to post in his name would be immediately removed."
McGann denies movie rumors
August 30, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Following rumours that a movie was in the works featuring the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann has denied that he is to reprise his role.

Speaking to SyFy Portal's Alan Stanley Blair at the recent Collectormania show, Paul officially denied the rumours with the following statement:

"I've heard as well, yeah I've heard,". "Well they haven't called me, but often you hear it first through rumour. But you know... yeah I'd go back and do it ... as long as I don't have to wear a wig."
TV Guide Talks Torchwood
August 29, 2007  •  Posted By Brigadier Bill
Matt Roush, the main critic for TV GUIDE reports just how much he enjoys Torchwood.

He writes, "Over the years, I've somehow resisted the lure of the iconic British fantasy Doctor Who, in all of its incarnations. So imagine my surprise to be hooked on Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off."

To read the entire review, click on the TV guide link above. The full review contains a few spoilers.
Sun's Bowie story is "tish and tosh"
August 29, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
David Bowie's website has debunked a story in The Sun that claimed Bowie would be appearing in Doctor Who as "an evil alien abductor". The Sun connects the Bowie rumor with the upcoming Agatha Christie story, which they erroneously describe as a two-part special. Bowie's website says, "... the whole story is as much news to [Bowie fans] as it is to him. David Bowie is not planning to star in Dr Who and the whole story is 'absolute tish and tosh'." The Bowie site goes on to mention Dalek operator and Big Finish regular Nicholas Pegg, who is also author of The Complete David Bowie.

UPDATE: BBC News has also released a story debunking the Sun's claim. The BBC's story adds that "a spokeswoman for the BBC One show also denied the story."
Torchwood DVD Extras
DVD and Video
August 28, 2007  •  Posted By Brigadier Bill
SCI-FI WIRE has announced a list of the features to be included in the series 1 release of Torchwood. The boxed set is scheduled to hit the shelves on January 8, 2008.

The bonus features include: Welcome to Torchwood; Torchwood on the Scene; Torchwood Out of this World; Torchwood Sex, Violence, Blood and Gore; Torchwood on the Road; The Team and Their Troubles; Torchwood: Moments in the Making; The Captain's Log; Torchwood on Time; and Torchwood Declassified. The DVD will also feature deleted scenes, audio commentary on all 13 first-season episodes and outtakes.

The US premier of Torchwood is Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 pm CST on BBC AMERICA.
Bernard Cribbins set for Cameo
General TV Series News
August 28, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, series producer Phil Collinson has announced that Bernard Cribbins will be making a guest appearance in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned.

It's the third time Cribbins has appeared in Doctor Who, but the first time he's appeared in the TV series! He's probably best known to fans through his appearance as a companion to Peter Cushing's Doctor, the bumbling policeman Tom Campbell, in the 1966 film Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD. He also appeared, earlier this year, as Arnold Lane alongside Paul McGann in the Big Finish/BBC7 eighth Doctor story Horror of Glam Rock.

"This is the icing on the cake, a wonderful addition to an already phenomenal cast," Phil Collinson told Doctor Who Magazine. "It's a wonderful cameo, which kept the entire cast and crew entertained."
Dalek World Record Broken
August 28, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
On Sunday 26th August, hundreds of Doctor Who fans descended upon Manchester to break a world record for the largest number of Daleks (or people wearing Dalek costumes) in one place. Also in attendance was Dalek designer Ray Cusick. The attempt was organised by The Museum of Science and Industry, which also boasts the fantastic Doctor Who Up-Close Exhibition.

With a grand total of 68 Daleks in attendance, the previous record of 50 Daleks was broken.
New Books Announced
August 28, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Amazon.co.uk has added listings for the first new novels and audios for 2008.

February sees a trio of Torchwood audios released.
In The Shadows, Hidden, and Everyone Says Hello are all listed for release on February 4th. No further plot or narration information is available at this time.

May sees a trio of new Doctor Who novels alongside a new reference book. Martha in the Mirror, Snowglobe 7, and The Many Hands all see release on May 1st. Starships and Spacestations by Justin Richards will be out on that day also. Further plot and author information will be posted as it becomes available.
Billie set to become Call Girl
August 26, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Billie Piper is currently working on a new drama series for ITV2 called The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl.

The woman known as Belle de Jour published her diaries in 2005 and, despite many attempts to discover her true identity, remains anonymous. Her no-holds-barred account of her experiences as a prostitute is frank, funny and highly compelling.

The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl is the story of a 21st-century Moll Flanders (played by Billie Piper), an illuminating glimpse behind the scenes of the high-class sex trade. It is an insight into the secret life of an extraordinary young woman whose conventional family have no idea that she is leading a double life.

Actress Billie Piper has been socialising with real-life prostitutes to help develop her character. An ITV spokeswoman said: “They do have a dominatrix on set to advise. It's about prostitution and they want to get it right."

The Secret Diary of a Call Girl will air on ITV2 at 10pm on Thursday, September 27.
Benny 2008 Season announced
Big Finish
August 26, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Simon Guerrier, who has overseen the last two year's of Bernice Summerfield releases for Big Finish, is handing over the reigns as Producer to Eddie Robson. "I've had a brilliant time on Benny, working with some extremely talented, funny and helpful people," says Simon."But I was originally taken on by Gary Russell to get us to the end of Season 8, and now that's pretty much done I think it's time to let someone else have a go. I'll still be overseeing the books and audios up to the end of this year, but as of now I am answering to Eddie Robson. And his piranha fish." Guerrier's latest book, Bernice Summerfield - The Inside Story will be available in October. A preview is available on-line here.

Robson has already been hard at work and can now announce the 2008 releases for the Bernice Summerfield range. The ninth series of audio dramas will consist of four single-CD plays. These are: 9.1 Beyond the Sea by Eddie Robson; 9.2 The Adolescence of Time by Lawrence Miles; 9.3 The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel by Jim Smith; and 9.4 The Diet of Worms by Matthew Sweet. There will be one Bernice Summerfield book for 2008 and this will be the novel Terra Incognita by Ben Aaronovitch.

While the output is smaller, John Ainsworth of Big Finish assures that this is not a plan to phase Benny out. "The main reason for the reduction in the amount of Benny CDs and books for 2008 was to give Eddie a more manageable workload. This was the recommendation of outgoing producer Simon Guerrier. Although Simon has done a magnificent job of looking after Benny for the last two years, he did find it to be quite demanding of his time. The books are particularly time consuming to prepare. As the Benny range sells considerably less than the equivalent items in the Doctor Who range, the budget is that much smaller. This means that Simon, and now Eddie, can't give up the day job in order to work on Benny, so returning to four CDs and one book release makes it easeier to keep on top of."
Children of Tomorrow
Big Finish
August 26, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The song, Children of Tomorrow, as heard in the Eighth Doctor audio drama Horror of Glam Rock, is now available to download form iTunes. The song, sung by Stephen Gately with Clare Buckfield was written by Barnaby Edwards with music by Tim Sutton.
Fearless set for September release
Big Finish
August 26, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released full information in the first installment of their upcoming series Dalek Empire: The Fearless.

Noel Clarke, who previously played Mickey Smith will be playing the lead role but Big Finish is keen to point out that this is not a return of Mickey Smith. Noel plays Kade, a tough, hard-bitten soldier. 'It's a completely different character for Noel,' explains writer and director, Nick Briggs, 'and it was a delight to watch him lap it up. I think people will see a side to Noel they never knew about. He has such incredible range as an actor, and breath-taking emotional power. You wait until you hear Kade angry. I'm surprised the Daleks didn't just pack up and go home!'

While Noel appeared in the very latest incarnation of Doctor Who on television, his Dalek Empire co-star was involved in the earliest days of the series. Maureen O'Brien was the First Doctor's companion, Vicki, but here she plays a very different sort of character. 'I knew I wanted Maureen to be in this the moment I saw her working on The Companion Chronicles last year,' says Nick. 'She plays General Agnes Landen, a really tough lady, single-minded, convinced she's right. And she and Kade clash!

There is a Windows Media preview for this title available here.
The Daleks are conquering our galaxy. Nothing can stop them. But Commander Agnes Landen has an idea.

On the outer planet Talis Minor, Salus Kade is struggling to keep his colony alive. The last thing he needs is a war to fight.
Peter finds his voice
August 26, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has announced a new cast member for the Bernice Summerfield audio range. Thomas Grant, whose credits include the films Vanity Fair and Dummy and roles in TV dramas Midsomer Murders and Mayo, will be joining the cast playing Benny's son Peter. He will appear in the forthcoming The End of the World, and then in The Wake in December.

'We're delighted Thomas can join us in a regular role,' says producer Simon Guerrier. 'He comes highly recommended and is very much in demand. Which is just as well, as he's got a crucial role to play in the next few plays - one that'll change Benny's life forever.'

Due to his other commitments, Thomas recorded his scenes at the end of July. 'Which means I've decided to delay the release of The End of the World to early September,' says Guerrier.

With delaying The End of the World in his first appearance, Peter will be a strong character in the range for the upcoming season.
The Mind's Eye
Big Finish
August 25, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released a cover and full details on The Mind's Eye, the November release featuring the Fifth Doctor, Peri, and Erimem.
This is a warning to all space farers. You must keep away from this planet. It’s hostile, repeat, hostile.

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

In a distant galaxy, Erimem leads a troubled empire.

Back on Earth, Peri tells her son about the good old days when she used to travel with a man called The Doctor.
BBC and Doctor Who Win Major Awards
August 25, 2007  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
BBC News Online reports that Doctor Who has been awarded the Programme of the Year title at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, with its broadcaster BBC One being acclaimed as Channel of the Year.

According to the report, "the winner of the best programme prize was chosen from the shortlist by almost 200 young people who were invited to attend the festival as a way of showcasing the next generation of TV talent." Producer Phil Collinson said that to receive the award "from young people coming into this industry is a particular honour". He also praised the BBC, saying that without it, "Doctor Who would never be made, would never be so good and would never be so well supported".

The other nominees in the terrestrial channel award were BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five.

Doctor Who took its award over E4's programme Skins, plus fellow BBC One series Life on Mars and Planet Earth.
DVD Release date
DVD and Video
August 25, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Website play.com have listed the 1975 story Planet of Evil for release on 15 October 2007.

The 1979 Tom Baker story, Destiny of the Daleks has been passed for DVD release by the British Board of Film Classification. Extras passed include a feature called Davros Connections and the Prime Computer adverts recorded by Tom Baker.

According to play.com this story is due for release on 26th November 2007. As well as being available separately, the release will also be part of an eight-disc Davros Box Set.

Thanks to Dave Huddleston, Joe S Stewart and Paul Lee.
Torchwood's U.S. roots
August 24, 2007  •  Posted By Brigadier Bill
Julie Gardner, executive producer of the BBC series Torchwood and head of drama development for BBC Wales, tells SCI-FI WIRE that Torchwood's roots lie in a fascination with American science fiction shows - particularly those in the boom of the 1990s.

She talks about an early series she and Russell T Davies developed called Excalibur which centered around a paranormal investigation team.

"It was a kind of [an] urban-landscape, present-day series," Gardner said.

"And the scene that Russell in his two-page pitch described was the scene where there was this sexy group of investigators in an alleyway at night, it's raining, a corpse is on the ground, and one of them brings out a glove and is able to bring the corpse back to life, which is, of course, the central first scene in Episode 1 of what became Torchwood."
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column Posted
August 24, 2007  •  Posted By Benjamin Elliott
The latest installment of This Week in Doctor Who, the weekly guide to Doctor Who on television in the UK, North America and elsewhere, for August 24, 2007 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Mad Norwegian update
August 24, 2007  •  Posted By Jeremy Bement
Mad Norwegian Press has issued an update regarding two of their upcoming books. About Time 6, by Tat Wood, will be released in December(with a slightly higher price than previous volumes due to an expanded page count) and information has now been released about the new second edition of Lance Parkin's AHistory.
AHistory Second Edition: Written by Lance Parkin, with additional material by Lars Pearson. The Second Edition of AHistory amends and vastly expands the work of the sold-out First Edition, continuing to incorporate the whole of Doctor Who into a single timeline.

Among other things, the Second Edition will cover: all Doctor Who TV episodes up through "Last of the Time Lords", the Series 3 finale; all Doctor Who novels from Virgin and the BBC, up through the New Series Adventure "Wooden Heart"; the Big Finish audio range up through "The Wishing Beast" (#97); all Torchwood Series 1 episodes and novels; the Sarah Jane Adventures pilot; and all Telos novellas.

In addition, the Second Edition will incorporate the Doctor Who Magazine comic strips that have been running since 1979.
Big Finish
August 24, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released a cover and full details on Absolution, the October release featuring The Eighth Doctor. This release will also see the departure of companion C'rizz.
Confession. Penance. Absolution.

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

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

Welcome to Hell.
End of the World DELAYED
August 24, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Perhaps it's Time Lord intervention, but Big Finish has announced that the August release for the Bernice Summerfield range, The End of the World, will now be released in September. This release features the character of Jason Kane, who first appeared in the New Adventures series novel Death and Diplomacy in 1996.
"So for a long time – years now, really – I've had this growing suspicion that everything was, well, everything was just wrong…"

Jason Kane – author, adventurer, hero and inveterately polysyllabic hyperbolist. Now join him on his most exciting adventure yet!

He's going to Hell and back on an impossible quest to stop a man with the powers of a god. Along the way there's monsters and explosions and unseemly contretemps in the odd posh restaurant.

The battle will be hard and require every last iota of Jason's famous cunning. What can possibly go wrong?

[Bernice Summerfield is away.]
Casting Rumor
General TV Series News
August 24, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
PR-Inside.com has released a story that includes possible spoilers for upcoming seasons of Doctor Who, although they are sourced from off-hand comments made by Russell T Davies in his latest Doctor Who Magazine interview. Please Click on the Spoiler icon below to see the full article.

The story is also being reported by BBC America.
The next actor to play DOCTOR WHO on the hit British sci-fi show has been found - TV star HARRY LLOYD.
The show's boss Russell T Davies was impressed with Lloyd when the actor appeared on a recent episode as a student at a posh school.

And when current Doctor Who David Tennant leaves the series, which is rumoured to be in two year's time (09), Davis [sic] is convinced he has found a ready made replacement.

He says, "After his audition I sent a note to the casting director saying, 'He's not just good for Baines (his character), that's the next Doctor.

Seriously. He's so brilliant." Lloyd currently plays Will Scarlett in the British TV series Robin Hood.

Tennant for a full Four
General TV Series News
August 24, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Russell T Davies has confirmed that David Tennant will be playing the Doctor for the entire run of series four of Doctor Who.

When asked if the constant tabloid rumours that Tennant would be quitting the show halfway through the next series were true, Davies answered, "No, he's doing the whole series. It was never even discussed that he might leave after six episodes. That's completely invented by the papers."

The story has also been reported on david-tennant.com, which has recently been renamed David Tennant - The Site.
Mickey and Vicki become Fearless
Big Finish
August 23, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish have announced that Noel Clarke and Maureen O'Brien are joining the cast of the upcoming series Dalek Empire: The Fearless.

Clarke won't be reprising his Mickey Smith role from the new TV series but, instead, will be playing a new character called Kade - "a tough, hard-bitten soldierfrom the distant future", according to Doctor Who Magazine. Meanwhile, O'Brien (who originally played Vicki, a companion to the First Doctor) will be playing General Agnes Landen in the series. The Fearless is currently slated for a September release.
Barry Letts Autobiography
August 21, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Barry Letts, writer, director, and producer of the Classic Series, has published the first volume in his autobiography. The book, entitled Who and Me, is available exclusively online here. The second volume is currently slated for release next year.
Greatest Who Poll Results
August 21, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
UKTV Drama has released the results of its Who is the Greatest Doctor Who Poll?. Following weeks of voting, David Tennant has landed first place with over eight thousand votes! A full list of the results is below.
1st Place - David Tennant - 8866 votes
2nd Place - Tom Baker - 2891 votes
3rd Place - Christopher Eccleston - 2694 votes
4th Place - Jon Pertwee - 1527 votes
5th Place - Patrick Troughton - 513 votes
6th Place - Peter Davison - 392 votes
7th Place - William Hartnell - 373 votes
8th Place - Colin Baker - 331 votes
9th Place - Sylvester McCoy - 314 votes
10th Place - Paul McGann - 140 votes
Reason for Annual Recall
August 21, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Following a story which was first announced here on Outpost Gallifrey Saturday, The Sun has issued an article explaining the recall of the Doctor Who 2008 Annual. According to The Sun, the show's title was printed on the cover as Doctor Hwo.
THOUSANDS of Doctor Who books have been pulped — because of a spelling mistake on the front cover.

Publishers Penguin had sent the 2008 annual — featuring current Doctor David Tennant — to shops before the error was spotted.

But a red-faced insider, who refused to reveal the gaffe, said: “It’s embarrassing. The books are cherished so the publishers decided to recall them.”
Australian media coverage
August 21, 2007  •  Posted By Adam Kirk
Russell T. Davies and his role in the successful revival of Doctor Who has been featured in an interview with Tim Hunter of the Melbourne Age. In response to rumours that he will be leaving Doctor Who after the fourth series, Davies is quoted: 'The show is commissioned one year at a time, so life is booked up until next June, but from there, we'll see how it goes.'

Meanwhile, Lucy Beaumont, also of the Age, writes that the 'Doctor needs to get his mojo' in '42.' She also notes the 'special shade of Doctor Who-green that is used well and often' in Human Nature. Kelsey Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald also notes, in a review of this episode, that 'David Tennant makes an excellent Doctor, even considering his lamentable lack of Tom Baker curls.'

The Canberra Times has also reported that the recent Canberra launch of the 15th Australian Science Festival saw the surprise appearance of five Daleks. The Daleks 'threatened' the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Ms Julie Bishop MP, with 'extermination' as she launched the festival.

Finally, in the ratings, 'Doctor Who' has dipped a little: '42' scored 830,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals while 'Human Nature', despite still being the ABC's top rating Saturday programme, scored only 790,000 viewers. Meanwhile, Torchwood's ratings have risen in the Tuesday midnight timeslot on Channel Ten. After 'They Keep Killing Suzie' only rated 98,000 viewers in the new timeslot, 'Random Shoes' recovered to 149,000 viewers and 'Out of Time' also received 151,000 viewers. For more ratings details see the Sydney Morning Herald’s Tribal Mind.
Sun Spoils Children In Need
General TV Series News
August 20, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Sun has released an article about the forthcoming Children In Need special for Doctor Who. The article comes two days after a similar spoiler was spoken by Sylvester McCoy in New Zealand. As always, nothing has been confirmed by the BBC. Currently the Children In Need telethon is on scheduled for November 16th. Please click on the Spoiler tag below to view the article.
Doctor Who legend Peter Davison is to step back into the Tardis – and come face to face with the current Doctor.

Peter, 56, who played the Timelord in the 1980s, will pull on his famous trenchcoat once again for a Children In Need special.

Bosses are tight-lipped about the storyline, written by Who scribe Stephen Moffat.

But an insider revealed: “The Doctor is forever travelling though time so there’s no reason why he couldn't catch up with a former incarnation.

“Peter was top of the writer’s list to make a comeback."

This year’s Children In Need charity telethon takes place on BBC1 on Friday, November 16.
Doctor Who on your mobile
August 20, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
BBC Worldwide's Digital Media division has announced a new content partnership with mobile operator O2.

BBC Worldwide will provide over 300 individual pieces of content under the deal, including video clips, wallpapers and ringtones from programmes such as The Office, Little Britain, Doctor Who, I'm Alan Partridge and League of Gentlemen. The content will be sold through the O2 Active mobile portal.

Grahame Riddell, head of strategic content partners at O2 UK, said the deal 'paved the way' for access to BBC material in a range of formats. BBC Worldwide said the range of programmes and formats available under the deal is expected to grow over time.

Peter Mercier, head of mobile at BBC Worldwide, said: "This is clearly a great deal for us in terms of getting our content in front of consumers and demonstrating how BBC Worldwide continues to innovate in the digital media sector."
Time Warrior DVD Cover
DVD and Video
August 20, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The cover image for the forthcoming UK DVD release of The Time Warrior has been made available. Click on the thumbnail below for a larger version.

The Robert Holmes four-parter, which originally aired from December 1973 to January 1974, was the first story in Jon Pertwee's final season as the Third Doctor, and introduced not only Elisabeth Sladen as companion Sarah Jane Smith but also the Sontaran race.

It is out on September 3 and will be the first time the adventure has been available unedited.

(Thanks to Carl T Davies.)
Extras on the disc include:

Commentary - with Elisabeth Sladen, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks
Beginning the End - a 'Making Of' featurette partially shot on location at Peckforton Castle, with contributions from Elisabeth Sladen, Donald Pelmear, Jeremy Bulloch, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and designer Keith Cheetham. Narrated by Simon Ockenden
Optional new CGI Effects
1974 Doctor Who Annual pdf
Radio Times listings pdf
Photo Gallery
Coming Soon trailer
Trails and Continuity
Casting Rumor
General TV Series News
August 19, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Digital Spy has announced a casting rumor for Series 4. The story was originally broken by News of the World. There is still no confirmation from the BBC about the rumor at this time. Please Click on the Spoiler button below for more information.
Iconic British actress Joan Collins has reportedly signed up to play a time-travelling villain in the forthcoming season of Doctor Who.

The News of the World claims that 74-year-old Collins, best known for her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in the soap Dynasty, has already signed up for the role of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Rani, a scheming Gallifreyan scientist who appeared twice in the classic series.

The tabloid quotes an insider in the show as saying: "The Doctor Who team are delighted they've managed to sign Joan. It's a real coup. [She's] perfect for the role... like Alexis Colby with a sonic screwdriver."

The Rani was originally portrayed by Kate O'Mara in 1985's 'The Mark of the Rani' opposite Colin Baker and in Sylvester McCoy's debut story 'Time and the Rani' in 1987. O'Mara, who reprised the role in a 1993 Children In Need special, also played Collins' younger sister Cassandra in Dynasty.
Sylvester speaks a SPOILER
General TV Series News
August 19, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Seventh Doctor Actor Sylvester McCoy released a possible spoiler at the Day With A Doctor event in Auckland, New Zealand. McCoy sited the source of the information as Peter Jackson. There has been no Official Announcement of this from the BBC. Please click on the Spoiler link below.
McCoy claimed that Fifth Doctor Peter Davison is due to return for Series 4 in a Multi-Doctor episode.
Sarah Jane Adventures Latest
August 18, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The BBC has unveiled its new look for CBBC with the news that spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures will feature "familiar alien enemies from Doctor Who".

A new logo - seen right - and animated idents have been created for the multi-platform channel dedicated to six-to-12-year-olds, as the new season and new look go on air and online from September 3, although the start date of The Sarah Jane Adventures is yet to be confirmed.

The forthcoming autumn season will also see Reggie Yates, who plays Martha's brother, Leo, and who narrates the audiobook Sting of the Zygons, co-presenting adventure game show Escape From Scorpion Island.
About Time 6
August 18, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Mad Norwegian Press has released more information on About Time 6. There is still no release date on this volume.
About Time vol. 6 covers Seasons 22 to 26 of "Doctor Who," focusing on the tenures of Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, as well as the TV movie starring Paul McGann in mind-bending detail. In addition to the usual concerns such as the TV show’s continuity (alien races, the Doctor’s abilities, etc.) and lore (anecdotal, "Did You Know?"-style material), author Tat Wood will examine each Colin Baker, McCoy and McGann story in the context of the year/historical period it was produced, determining just how topical the stories were.

Essays in this volume include: "Is Continuity a Pointless Waste of Time?", "Why are Elements so Weird in Space?", "Why Do Time Lords Meet in Sequence?", "Is There a Season 6B?", "Did They Think We'd Buy Just Any Old Crap?", "What Might the Other Season 23 Have Been Like?", "Who Narrates This Programme?", "How Warped was the Doctor's Mind?", "How 'Good' is the Doctor?", "The Valeyard, Er - How?", "What's All This Stuff About Anoraks?", "What are the Oddest Romances in the Programme's History?", "The Semiotic Thickness of What?", "When Did Susan Go to School?", "What are the Gayest Things in Doctor Who, "Did Cartmel Have Any Plan at All?", "Could It Be Magic?", "Where Does 'Canon' End?", "What Were Josiah's Blasphemous Theories?", "Are These 'gods' Related?", "What About Season 27?" and "Does Paul McGann Count?"
2008 Annual Recalled
August 18, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Booksellers across the globe are currently pulling copies of the Official Doctor Who Annual 2008, following a recall.

There is no information as to why this title has been recalled or if there will be a replacement. Retail chain WH Smith is putting it down to a "printing mistake" and says that the copies must be destroyed once pulled.

There has been no official statement from the BBC regarding this issue.
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column Posted
August 18, 2007  •  Posted By Benjamin Elliott
The latest installment of This Week in Doctor Who, the weekly guide to Doctor Who on television in the UK, North America and elsewhere, for August 18, 2007 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Doctor Who Adventures Successes
August 16, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In a report released by BBC Magazines, Doctor Who Adventures has become the fastest growing consumer magazine in the UK. Doctor Who Adventures magazine posts the industry's biggest year on year growth, up a staggering 99 percent, selling 47,000 more copies per issue than last period.

Peter Phippen, Managing Director, BBC Magazines says: "Yet again we're posting possibly the best overall set of ABC numbers in the business with our total year-on-year circulation rising by 3% (6% pop). We're also publishing the fastest growing title in the industry with Doctor Who Adventures coming in at a 99% year on year rise. A lot of nonsense is talked about the robustness of the magazine market, in particular monthlies, but our outstanding editorial and professional marketing has won through with the result that all our monthly titles bar one are posting year-on-year growth. Nor is it an issue of whether you should back magazines or websites. We're putting massive investment into our websites and our new ABC brand audits are testament to our belief that cross-media brands are the future – something we've believed in for over twenty years."

Jaynie Bye, Joint Managing Director, BBC Children's Magazines, says: "The astounding success story for us this year has been Doctor Who Adventures magazine which, at 99%, posts the largest year-on-year increase this ABC consumer publishing period. The title continues to smash our predictions and has, over the last six months alone, managed to sell 47,000 additional copies per issue and massively grown its market."
Doctor Who Adventures 36
August 16, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
What do YOU think happened to Dalek Caan?

The new issue of Doctor Who Adventures - out today - takes a look at Caan and wonders if he could be the last Dalek in the universe.


The Journal of Impossible Things - look inside John Smith's mind with our guide to his fantastic dream book.
Doctor's Data - find out about Sally Sparrow, the girl who saved the Doctor.
Adventure guide / Doctor Who Confidential extra - return to present-day Earth for monster scares in The Lazarus Experiment.
Comic strip - a new adventure for the Doctor and Martha called Signs of Life.
Scary mask - become a Pig Slave and serve the Daleks!
Who knows? - your Doctor Who questions answered.
Tales from the TARDIS - the Doctor is attacked by a Plasmavore.
Posters - five exclusive posters of the Ood, Dalek Caan, Gridlock, The Lazarus Experiment and Martha and Tish.

This issue comes with a free gift.
North American DVD Covers
DVD and Video
August 16, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Amazon.com has released the covers to the two Classic Series DVD releases for November, Arc of Infinity and Time-Flight. Both of these releases are scheduled to be available on November 6th, alongside The Complete Series Three box set.
Martha on Torchwood
August 15, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
The BBC Press Office has released more information about the character of Martha Jones appearing on Torchwood, along with a photograph of Freema Agyeman with the rest of the Torchwood cast.

Agyeman is quoted as saying: "Martha has grown up a lot since Doctor Who. She's now a fully qualified doctor and a bit hardened by life experiences. When she finds out that Captain Jack needs her help, she joins Torchwood for a while. She continues to develop her knowledge of alien intelligence, but this time keeping her feet on the ground.

"These will be invaluable skills to take back with her on future adventures with the Doctor. She outgrew the Doctor, in a sense, and so the next time they meet it will be in a more professional capacity. I'm so proud of her journey and who she has become.

"And for me as an actress, it's a great new challenge to be able to broaden and expand Martha as she develops in other directions for this more adult series. The Torchwood team are fabulous to work with and have made me very welcome."

Agyeman will appear in three episodes of Torchwood, which will air early in 2008. The press release also mentions guest stars James Marsters, Alan Dale and Richard Briers; Briers' character is described as "Parker, a reclusive millionaire who is the keeper of alien secrets, much later in the series."

Thanks to Ryan Love.
Battles in Time: Invader
August 14, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
GE Fabbri Limited has announced a new set of Battles in Time cards and a special issue set for release next month. Following Exterminator and Annihilator sets, the Invader cards feature 225 brand new, spectacular images from the latest TV episodes.

The set launches with the Battles In Time: Invader Special, featuring an in-depth magazine guide to all the new Invader cards, new games and fascinating fact-files covering all 13 episodes of the 2007 TV series. This collector’s edition also comes with two booster packs to start off your collection and a free luxury laminated trading card album!
About the Invader trading card set

225 unique designs based on the 2007 TV adventures.
Pack odds: 184 common cards to collect (8 in every pack); 25 rare (1 in every pack);
10 super-rare (1 in every 6 packs); 6 ultra-rare (1 in every 24 packs).

About the Battles in Time: Invader Special

2 regular packs of Invader cards.
Guaranteed lenticular Dalek card, unique to this collector’s special!
Fantastic laminated Battles in Time card-album, holds over 400 cards!
40-page magazine featuring a guide to the best cards in the set.
Guide to every episode of the latest Doctor Who series, from Smith and Jones to Last of the Time Lords, including plot details, monster fact-files, behind-the-scenes trivia and puzzles.
Three ‘choose your own adventure’ gameplay spreads featuring characters from
the new series.
On sale 5th September 2007
Hex in legal trouble
August 14, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Philip Olivier, the actor who plays Seventh Doctor companion Hex for Big Finish Productions, has been fined 20,000 pounds after being caught breaching housing regulations.

According to Digital Spy, Olivier was also made to pay 250 pounds in costs after being convicted under new laws which require landlords of three storey houses, or houses with five or more unrelated people living in them, to register with the local authority.

Olivier didn't attend the hearing at Liverpool Magistrates Court and had nobody represent him.

A council spokesman told the Yorkshire Post: "The legislation was introduced following recent Government research that showed people living in these types of property are 16 times more likely to die or be injured in fire than people living in a single occupancy house.

"In some areas in Liverpool this risk increases to 30 times and the law is designed to raise standards."

The court was told that Olivier did not own the property but that he was the landlord and received rent payments. The house has reportedly since been sold.
Region 1 Season 3 Cover
DVD and Video
August 14, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Tvshowsondvd.com have released the cover for the forthcoming North American release of series 3 on DVD. The North American cover, pictured below, will feature David Tennant and Freema Agyeman. There is still a tentative release date of November 6th, which should be confirmed by Warner Home Video soon.
Doctor Who Comedy Night
August 14, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Comedians appearing at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe are staging a special one off Dcotor Who themed comedy show as part of the david-tennant.com appeal fund, raising money in memory of David Tennant's mother, Helen McDonald, who died recently.

The gig will take place at the Laughing Horse@Linsays, (Fringe Venue 56), on Saturday 18th August from 9.10pm - 10.10pm.

Although the show is not ticketed, and is not part of the official Fringe programme, those attending will be asked to donate £10, with all proceeds going to the ACCORD hospice where Mrs McDonald worked for many years, and where she spent her final days.

Among the comedians taking part so far are Mitch Benn, Bill Bruce and Toby Hadoke whose 2006 Fringe hit - Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf - has recently been turned into a successful BBC Radio show.

This is a late night show, and is therefore not suitable for anyone under that age of 18. Entry is on a strictly first come, first admitted basis.

The full line-up of acts will be announced prior to the event.

Ken Mathie, Fundraising Manager for the ACCORD hospice, commented: "Everyone associated with ACCORD has been extremely moved by the public reaction to Helen’s passing. She was such a lovely person and will be sorely missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. This show is a wonderful example of the support we are receiving from fans of Doctor Who and I wish all the comedians involved every success"

So far fans have raised over 9,000 pounds from the appeals set up by david-tennant.com and members of the Outpost Gallifrey Forum.

Donations can still be made at justgiving.com. People who donate are asked not to mention David Tennant in the comments section, in order to protect his privacy.
Doctor Who Magazine, plus Special
August 13, 2007  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
Panini Magazines have released details of both the forthcoming DWM and the companion release for Series Three.

Doctor Who Magazine's latest official in-depth special features a step-by-step guide to the making of all 13 episodes, as well as the 2006 Christmas Special The Runaway Bride, the animated adventure The Infinite Quest, and last November's hugely successful Children in Need concert. Find out what was shot when and where; what was left on the cutting-room floor and why; even the truth behind a few of those rumours that hit the tabloids.

Plus, executive producer and head writer Russell T Davies unveils the genesis of each story. Discover why the Empress of the Racnoss never visited Stonehenge, how jazz changed the Daleks' plans for Manhattan, what Spider-Man and Professor Lazarus might have had in common, and why the TARDIS got kicked off the moon!

Packed with new photographs, anecdotes and comments from the men and women who make the programme, script extracts, deleted scenes and a full list of cast, crew, transmission times and ratings, the Doctor Who Companion Series Three is out on Thursday 16 August 2007.

And the following Thursday, the 23rd, sees the release of Doctor Who Magazine 386, in which Russell T Davies talks candidly about his plans for the forthcoming Christmas Special and Series Four.

"This year's Christmas Special was always going to have a one-off companion, little knowing that it would be Kylie! I like the Christmas-ness of a one-off. As you'll see, there's a whole new take – again – on what a companion can be."

Russell reveals secrets concerning the return of 'Runaway Bride' Donna... "She gives us the chance to be blunt about things, and be gobsmacked by things. Of course, she'll still be brave and heroic sometimes, and she'll save the Doctor's life, but equally... for example, there's one episode where they land on an alien planet, and the first thing she does is go back in the TARDIS to find the right coat!"

Also in the mag, Barry Newbery, Doctor Who designer during the 60s, 70s and 80s, is given a VIP tour of Upper Boat in Cardiff where the series is now filmed; the Fact of Fiction looks at Terror of the Autons; Edward Thomas gives an in-depth insight into production design; and the Doctor and Martha begin a new comic strip adventure, The First. Plus, the Time Team looks at Fifth Doctor's final stories, and Gareth Roberts pens Production Notes.

Plus, exclusive casting news from BBC Wales, an exclusive new pic of the Doctor and Donna, and a review of the three-part series finale.
Anneke Wills Autobiography
August 12, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Anneke Wills and The Hirst Group have confirmed the release of the first volume of Anneke's long awaited Autobiography. Self Portrait will be officially launched at Regenerations - the Doctor Who convention taking place in Swansea on the 29th and 30th of September.

Anneke, who played popular companion Polly alongside the first two Doctors, decided to write her autobiography in September 2006. She says, "I was reluctant at first, but once I'd agreed, I lit up with excitement, and kept all my friends awake till 5am, telling stories!" The book promises to be a real treat for fans of cult television, as Anneke recalls her time in The Avengers, The Saint, Strange Report and a whole range of classic TV and cult films. There is of course, comprehensive coverage of Anneke's time on Doctor Who, and one or two revelations...

In the book, Anneke talks fondly of her friendships with the leading lights of the 1960s and gives an insiders view of life at the heart of the swinging sixties.

The book is illustrated throughout with previously unseen photos, and Anneke's own drawings and paintings.

Self Portrait by Anneke Wills, the first part of a two-part autobiography, is published by The Hirst Group and will be available from mid-September.
Destiny of the Daleks
DVD and Video
August 12, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The British Board of Film Classification have posted details on their website for the upcoming release of 1979 story Destiny of the Daleks, which introduces Lalla Ward in the role of Romana. This would be the first time that this story has been released on DVD. There is no release date, or special feature information at this time. Rumor has it that this release will be part of a forthcoming Davros box-set, but there is no confirmation of this from the BBC.

Thanks to Pierre Schramm.
Ben Kingsley in Series Four?
General TV Series News
August 11, 2007  •  Posted By Jeremy Bement
According to The Sun and repeated in various other outlets such as digitalspy, darkhorizons.com and G4's Attack of the Show, actor Ben Kingsley has been reported to be appearing in the upcoming Series Four of Doctor Who. Sir Ben, famous for his Oscar-winning portrayal of Gandhi in the 1982 film of the same name, is the latest actor to be rumoured to have a role in the new series. However, we would like to point out that the BBC has neither confirmed nor denied this story.

For more information about Kingsley's supposed role, click the spoiler tag below.
According to The Sun, "DOCTOR Who bosses are set to sign up Gandhi star Sir Ben Kingsley — to play the Daleks’ creator Davros.

Sir Ben, 63 — who won an Oscar for his movie role as India’s peace-loving spiritual leader — is in final negotiations to play one of the most dangerous baddies in the galaxy.

A source said: 'Ben’s agent has been in talks for a while now and he’s very keen to play the part of Davros. A deal will be signed any day now.'

Fans will be delighted that insane half-man, half-machine Davros is returning for the fourth series of the hit BBC1 show, which stars David Tennant as the Timelord."
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column Posted
August 11, 2007  •  Posted By Benjamin Elliott
The latest installment of This Week in Doctor Who, the weekly guide to Doctor Who on television in the UK, North America and elsewhere, for August 11, 2007 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Dalek Panto
August 11, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
This Christmas, the Theatre Royal in Newcastle will pit Aladdin against the Daleks in their seasonal pantomime. The theatre's website says, "...making their first ever appearance in pantomime, The Daleks, from TV's Dr Who, threaten to exterminate Aladdin's plans to marry Princess Jasmine and live happily ever after..." Aladdin is scheduled to run from December 3, 2007 to January 19, 2008.

Thanks to Brian Taylor.
News Bits and Bobs
August 11, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
The British press has lots of stories rehashing the BBC's press release about Series Four: BBC News, ITN, The Sun, The Stage, the Manchester Evening News, the Evening Standard and the South Wales Echo all have stories.

Billie Piper recently suffered a bout of temporary blindness, possibly exacerbated by the flash bulbs of paparazzi cameras. The story is covered at The Daily Mirror, ITN and Digital Spy. With a stunning lack of self-awareness, The Sun accompanies the story with photographs taken the night Piper was taken ill.

And, in a story about the recent fire at Rome's Cinecitta Studios, Variety mentions in passing that "the BBC is on site preparing to shoot its revived sci-fier "Doctor Who" at Cinecitta in September." The report is taken up by The Sun, which includes a quote attributed to Julie Gardner about the potential shoot (see spoiler below, which includes speculation on the tenth Doctor). The Sun's story was in turn taken up by Digital Spy. If these reports are accurate, it will be the first time the revived series will see full filming outside of the UK (excluding the brief plate shots taken in New York for "Daleks in Manhattan").

Thanks to Nigel Ellis and David McIntee.
FILMING on Doctor Who was thrown into chaos after an Italian film set bosses planned to use, was hit by a fire. Crew on the BBC1 drama flew out to Rome’s Cinecitta studios — where the Beeb filmed their epic Rome series — earlier this week. They plan to make an Ancient Rome-themed episode for Doctor Who’s fourth series there later this year.

But on Thursday night a huge blaze ripped through the studio — destroying masses of expensive BBC equipment. An insider said: "It was a huge blaze. At one point, it looked like the whole studio was a goner. It threw a real spanner in the works for the Doctor Who team. They’re planning an episode where the Doctor goes back in time to Ancient Rome and thought it would be perfect to use the set."

Who bosses still plan to use the set once fire damage has been cleared up, with insiders suggesting crucial parts were still intact. Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner said: "Some of the production team have been looking at locations in Italy for the new series. The Doctor will have a Roman adventure.”

Meanwhile, TV Biz can reveal that show star David Tennant is set to take a starring role in a stage version of Hamlet. The Royal Shakespeare Company is set to announce next month that the actor will play the Danish prince in 2008.

Taking the role is likely to mean David is forced to quit Doctor Who before the end of series four — as we predicted.
Series Four press release
General TV Series News
August 9, 2007  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
The official Doctor Who website has revealed further information about the fourth series of Doctor Who, which has recently entered production. They have announced that in addition to the previously-confirmed return of the Ood, one episode of the fourth series will feature the Doctor and new companion Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate, encountering well-known thriller writer Agatha Christie.

Christie will be played by Fenella Woolgar, who recently appeared in Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat's BBC One drama serial Jekyll, as Min, one half of the show's lesbian private detective pairing. Also announced is the casting of Felicity Kendal, very well known in the UK for her leading role in the 1970s sitcom The Good Life. Kendal will be playing Lady Clemency Eddison. It has also been announced that Tim McInnerny (Blackadder, Notting Hill) will guest-star in an episode later in the series.

Matthew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson, is quoted as saying: "As far as I know my grandmother, never saw Doctor Who, but I am sure she would have been intrigued, excited and above all flattered by all this attention in 2007." Showrunner Russell T Davies adds that: "Visiting Agatha Christie has been on my wish-list for ages now, and for the Doctor, it's a real meeting of minds. Viewers can expect many more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008."

Some further information about how the character of Donna is reunited with the Doctor has also been released, and is reproduced in spoiler tags below.
According to the press information about Donna: "When she returns in the new series, viewers will see her track down the Time Lord (David Tennant) during an alien emergency in modern-day London."
Computer Game Latest
August 8, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The UK computer game developer Ironstone Partners is working on a Doctor Who title for the Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation2 and Windows PC platforms, according to Eurogamer.

As reported by Outpost Gallifrey last month, Top Trumps revealed plans for a video game that would be released for Christmas 2007.

Ironstone Partners has previously worked on other games based around the Top Trumps brand.

(Thanks to Zygma Experiment.)
Torchwood hits Brazil and Mexico
August 8, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Torchwood is slated to begin airing in Brazil this month. The premiere will be on August 28th on the People and Arts channel.

Since the 9th of July Torchwood has also been available in Mexico, via Canal22. The programme is shown in a half hour slot on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2230.

Thank you to Karla and Carlos Santillan
Hulke Stories On Audio
August 7, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
Unabridged readings of classic era Third Doctor novels Doctor Who And The Cave Monsters and Doctor Who And The Doomsday Weapon are to be released by BBC Audiobooks, says the official programme website.

Both penned by Malcolm Hulke, the original TV versions of the Jon Pertwee stories were called Doctor Who And The Silurians and Colony In Space respectively.

Caroline John, who played assistant Liz Shaw in Doctor Who And The Silurians, reads Doctor Who And The Cave Monsters, while Geoffrey Beevers, who portrayed the disfigured Master in The Keeper of Traken, reads Doctor Who And The Doomsday Weapon.

The stories will be available from September 3 as CD sets and downloads.
"Voyage of the Damned" Location Report....from Colin Baker
General TV Series News
August 7, 2007  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
While the tour of his very successful current play Bedroom Farce (also starring Leela actress Louise Jameson) made a stop in Cardiff, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker was invited to visit the location filming on the 2007 Christmas Special Voyage of the Damned.

Mr. Baker writes about the experience in his Bucks Free Press column. An excerpt is below; please visit here to read the entire article.
"What was particularly unexpected was the welcome that Russell T Davies and Phil Collinson, respectively executive producer and producer, afforded me and the very genuine affection they appeared to have for the original programme - "Classic Who" as it is now called."
Australian media coverage
August 6, 2007  •  Posted By Adam Kirk
Channel Ten's decision to move Torchwood to a midnight timeslot has attracted some local media comment. Michael Idato of the Sydney Morning Herald says 'Ten has no one to blame but itself' for the 'critically acclaimed' programme's failure to develop an Australian audience. He writes that 'rather than let Torchwood go where it belongs - to the ABC as a companion piece to Doctor Who ... Ten bought it with the most disingenuous intention: to deny its science fiction roots and pitch it as a cop show.' Meanwhile, Andrew Mercado in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph comments that the show has 'been dumped to midnights on Tuesdays ... confirming every sci-fi fan's worst fears that the 'Doctor Who' spin-off would eventually end up in late-night hell, along with The 4400 and Battlestar Galactica. Couldn't Ten have given it one last try in prime time on a Saturday night instead of those unimaginative Law & Order and NCIS repeats?' Ian Cuthbertson of the Weekend Australian also writes that 'viewers enjoying Torchwood ... will find they have been stiffed. Not doing as well as Ten would have liked, the program has been uprooted and transferred to midnight [Tuesday]. How very sci fi.' Glenn Dyer of Crikey says Ten is a 'loser . . . for sticking the underwhelming Torchwood at Midnight. Just 98,000 viewers. It's better than that, but it's not Dr Who-like. Why not a Friday night at 9.30pm and try and make it a cult show?'

Meanwhile Keith Austin, also of the Sydney Morning Herald, writes of 'The Lazarus Experiment', that the title character is 'played by great relish by the League of Gentlemen’s Mark Gatiss, a long term 'Doctor Who' fan who has written some of the best episodes of the series' latest incarnation.'

Finally, in the ratings, 'Doctor Who' is on the rise: 'Evolution of the Daleks' scored 874,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals while 'The Lazarus Experiment' scored an even better 895,000 viewers, coming a close second to the Dame Edna Treatment on Channel Nine and the show’s best Aussie ratings since 'Smith and Jones'. For more ratings details see the Sydney Morning Herald’s Tribal Mind.

Thanks to Theta Sega MP for the Sunday Telegraph piece.
Filming Photos Needed
August 6, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Telos Publishing is on the hunt for any photographs taken of the recording for Series 3. 'We're publishing our guide to the series shortly,' explained Telos' David J Howe, 'and as usual we'd like to try and include a colour photographic section in the book. So we're on the look out for any photographs taken of the recording sessions - maybe at the Globe Theatre, around Cardiff, or anywhere else that the show visited in 2007.'

If you have any images which you would be willing to let Telos use - although there is no payment for any use, free copies of the paperback and hardback editions will as usual be sent to all contributors - then please drop David an email at david@telos.co.uk to let him know what you have.
Latest Sun Casting Rumours
General TV Series News
August 6, 2007  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
The Sun has issued its latest rumour of casting in Doctor Who Series Four ... and if true, it's certainly a surprise.

It is important to remember that this information is being treated only as an unfounded rumour until official confirmation is made by the BBC and/or the show bosses.

The body of the Sun article is copies below in the spoiler box:
Doctor Who bosses are set to sign up Gandhi star Sir Ben Kingsley to play the Daleks' creator Davros.

Sir Ben, 63 - who won an Oscar for his movie role as India's peace-loving spiritual leader - is in final negotiations to play one of the most dangerous baddies in the galaxy.

A source said: "Ben's agent has been in talks for a while now and he's very keen to play the part of Davros. A deal will be signed any day now."

Fans will be delighted that insane half-man, half-machine Davros is returning for the fourth series of the hit BBC1 show, which stars David Tennant as the Timelord.

The alien scientist - who first battled the Doctor in 1975 - is hell-bent on destruction with his army of exterminating Daleks.
Greatest Show in the Galaxy
August 6, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fan's Guide to Doctor Who, a new academic survey of Doctor Who and its themes, is now available from McFarland and Company Publishing. The book can also be purchased through Amazon.com; following the Amazon links below directly benefits the operation of the Outpost Gallifrey website.

Mark Schuster, coauthor of the book, describes it as follows: "The basic argument of the book is that Doctor Who, like all good science-fiction, takes us to exotic worlds in order to show us what it means to be human. Exploring the weird and wonderful realm of Doctor Who in relation to such contemporary phenomena as cosmetic surgery, consumerism, reality television, political punditry and road rage, my co-author, Tom Powers, and I demonstrate that the exploits of our favorite time traveler provide us with everything we need to know about life, the universe and everything (to borrow a phrase from another legendary sci-fi series)."

The publisher's official blurb is below.
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 suffers from multiple personality disorder or other psychological afflictions; and the role of the Doctor's native culture in shaping his sense of identity.
December Who Novels
August 6, 2007  •  Posted By Josiah Rowe
The covers and blurbs for the December Doctor Who novels from BBC Books are now available. All the books feature the Tenth Doctor and Martha, and will be available from 27 December 2007.

For full-size images of the covers, click on the thumbnails below.

Thanks to Paul Taylor of Tenth Planet
The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier

The Doctor's been everywhere and everywhen in the whole of the universe and seems to know all the answers. But ask him what happened to the Starship Brilliant and he hasn't the first idea. Did it fall into a sun or black hole? Was it shot down in the first moments of the galactic war? And what's this about a secret experimental drive?

The Doctor is skittish. But if Martha is so keen to find out he'll land the TARDIS on the Brilliant, a few days before it vanishes. Then they can see for themselves...

Soon the Doctor learns the awful truth. And Martha learns that you need to be careful what you wish for. She certainly wasn't hoping for mayhem, death, and badger-faced space pirates.

Wishing Well by Trevor Baxendale

The old village well is just a curiosity -- something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of lost treasure, or visitors just making a wish. Unless something alien and terrifying could be lurking inside the well. Something utterly monstrous that causes nothing but death and destruction.

But who knows the real truth about the well? Who wishes to unleash the hideous force it contains? What terrible consequences will follow the search for a legendary treasure hidden at the bottom?

No one wants to believe the Doctor's warnings about the deadly horror lying in wait -- but soon they'll wish they had...

Peacemaker by James Swallow

The peace and quiet of a remote homestead in the 1880s American West is shattered by the arrival of two shadowy outriders searching for 'the healer'. When the farmer refuses to help them, they raze the house to the ground using guns that shoot bolts of energy instead of bullets...

In the town of Redwater, the Doctor and Martha learn of a snake-oil salesman whose patent medicines actually cure his patient. But when the Doctor and Martha investigate they discover the truth is stranger, and far more dangerous.

Caught between the law of the gun and the deadly plans of intergalactic mercenaries, the Doctor and Martha are about to discover just how wild the West can become...
Briers for Torchwood
August 5, 2007  •  Posted By Marcus
Veteran actor Richard Briers revealed on BBC News24 that he will be appearing in an episode of Series Two of Torchwood.

The actor, who was being interviewed about remastered Charlie Chaplin films, said he read the script last night and it scared him.

Talking to Michael Parkinson on BBC Radio 2 he added that he will play a 90-year-old man rehearsing for the end.

Briers is best known for his role of Tom Good in the classic BBC Comedy series, The Good Life. In Doctor Who, he appeared with the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, in the 1987 story Paradise Towers, where he played The Chief Caretaker.

Thanks to Nick Headley
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column Posted
August 4, 2007  •  Posted By Benjamin Elliott
The latest installment of This Week in Doctor Who, the weekly guide to Doctor Who on television in the UK, North America and elsewhere, for August 4, 2007 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Dalek World Record Attempt
Special Events
August 3, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Manchester-based Museum of Science and Industry, which hosts the Doctor Who Up Close exhibition, is attempting to attract a record number of Daleks on 26 August.

In order to fulfil Guinness World Records criteria, MoSI must attract 50 or more Daleks - people dressed in costumes which 'closely resemble a Dalek'.

For more information on the museum, please visit its website here.
Short Trips: Snapshots
August 3, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released details on its upcoming release in the Short Trips series, Snapshots.

The list of stories and authors are as follows:
Pupeteer by Benjamin Adams
Plight of the Monkrah by John Davies
Tuesday by Brian Dooley
She Knew by Nigel Fairs
In Case of Emergencies by Ian Farrington
The Misadventure of Mark Thorne by Andy Frankham-Allen
Indian Summer by James Goss
There's Something About Mary by Simon Guerrier
The Definite Article by Scott Handcock
The Eyes Have It by Colin Harvey
The Golem by Lizzie Hopley
Salva Mea by Joseph Lidster
Fanboys by Paul Magrs
My Hero by Stuart Manning
Osskah by Gary Owen
You Had Me at Verify Username and Password by Stel Pavlou
All of Beyond by Helen Raynor
Remain in Light by Eddie Robson
Gray by Gary Russell
The Sorrows of Vienna by Steven Savile
Piecemeal by James Swallow
A mysterious ghost haunts a hotel in India. The terrifying alien C'rizz attacks commuters in King's Cross station. Beneath a London council estate, a creature is waiting to be born. And on a distant world, an old man trades stories with a strange time traveller.

Throughout his adventures in time and space, the Doctor meets so many people and each one is affected in some way. The waiter who keeps a special table for the Time Lord's granddaughter, Susan. The American student who befriends lost Lucie Miller. The teenage girl who discovers that she may be something more than human.

What is it like when that strange blue box appears in your life? What is it like when your eyes are opened to so much more?

What is it like when everything changes?
S3 To Begin In New Zealand
August 3, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
New Zealand TV channel Prime will broadcast the 2006 Christmas special The Runaway Bride on Sunday, August 19, to start off the run of Series Three.

Assuming each episode then follows every Sunday, the show will run until November 18.

NB: The press pack with cast listings for episodes one to seven (Smith and Jones to 42) contains a character spoiler for episode two, The Shakespeare Code.

(Thanks to David French.)
Moffat quashes tabloid rumour
General TV Series News
August 3, 2007  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat, writing on Outpost Gallifrey's own discussion forum, has dismissed the rumours circulating in recent days concerning the casting of Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt as the 11th Doctor. Moffat's comments are reproduced below for our readers' information.
The James Nesbitt story is a total fabrication. Made up. A fantasy. Just a guy sitting at a desk and just inventing stuff.

I wasn't going to say anything, but I'm getting embarrassed for the deeply wonderful Jimmy Nesbitt. So tell everyone please, cos it's getting very silly.

Steven Moffat
More Classic Series Figures
August 3, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
Character Options is to release a range of classic-era figures.

To be launched next spring, in association with BBC Worldwide, the five-inch figures will initially feature detailed replicas of classic Doctors, plus a number of monsters.

Jon Diver, the joint managing director of Character Group, said: "The resounding success of the Doctor Who TV series is made up of both new and existing Doctor Who fans.

"We have reacted to public demand and will be producing a range which greatly enhances the depth and quality of our existing line.

"The classic licence will broaden the collectability and enhance the position of the brand."

Also reported by Toy News and Action-Figure

(Thanks to Tony Clark and Daniel Smith.)
Tennant Says Thank You
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
David Tennant has expressed his well wishes toward the users of the Outpost Gallifrey Forum and users of the fan site David-Tennant.com for their donations in memory of his mother Helen McDonald, who died recently.

So far over 8,000 pounds has been donated to the two collections, both in aid of the ACCORD Hospice where Mrs McDonald was a volunteer worker and where she spent her final days.

Donations can still be made at justgiving.com. People who donate are asked not to mention David Tennant in the comments section, in order to protect his privacy.

Mr Tennant asked Outpost Gallifrey to share the following message to our readers today in thanks for their support.
I've just heard that users of Outpost Gallifrey have so far raised over £2000 for the ACCORD hospice in Paisley on behalf of my mum. I can't tell you how pleased and proud that would have made her, and how much that means to my family and I at this difficult time.

The work ACCORD do is of the highest standard: caring, sensitive and effective and I can't commend them highly enough.

Thank you all for your generosity and kindness. I assure you, your money will be well spent.

David Tennant
New Statue Range And Replica Props
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By John Bowman
The Iconic Replicas division of Product Enterprise has been granted licences for a statue range and replica props from the classic Doctor Who era.

It says the 1:6 scale polyresin figures will include the Fourth Doctor, the Sontaran Linx, Daleks, Cybermen and Zygons.

Sculpted by Andrew Teal and Sarah Aplin, they will be limited editions.

The first wave of the replica props - also to be limited editions - will include a 1:6 scale model of the Tardis from An Unearthly Child, a similar scale replica of the console from the same episode and the sonic screwdriver from the Tom Baker era.

Release dates have still to be announced.

(Thanks to Tony Clark.)
Sun Casting Speculation
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Sun has released an article today which speculates on some cast and production team changes coming after Series 4. Please Click on the Spoiler link below to view the article.
WORD has reached TV Biz that the Beeb have found the man to take over as Doctor Who from David Tennant - Cold Feet star James Nesbitt.

David, 36, is expected to quit at the end of the next series and insiders say Irishman James, 42, is a cert to get the Tardis key.

The Jekyll star is pals with Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat, tipped to replace show chief Russell T Davies when he also stands down at the end of the next series.

Our mole said: "Moffat has worked with James on Jekyll and the talk in BBC Drama is that he’s a shoo-in as the next Doctor.

"First a Scottish Doctor - now we could have a Northern Irish one."

James is in the US filming a new BBC show.
Dalek Empire Trailer
Big Finish
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions have released a video teaser trailer for their upcoming audio series Dalek Empire: The Fearless. Currently slated for release in September, The Fearless will consist of four single cd releases.
Short Trips Update
Big Finish
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released the cover blurb for its December Short Trips title, The Ghosts of Christmas edited by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright.
Christmas. A time for home. For family. For laughter…

Everybody has special memories of Christmas but for others it brings shadows of things that should not have been. Unearthly visitors who open their eyes to new worlds and new experiences. Pantomime coats, robot dogs and a big blue box parked beneath the Christmas tree.

Some think these fleeting guests are apparitions. Some think they are angels. Some think they are demons. But all know that Christmas will never be the same again.

The Doctor and his companions travel to Christmas Past, Christmas Present and those Christmases Yet to Come. They bring festive laughter and Yuletide joy, creeping dread and screaming horror, slipping in and out of time like the ghosts of Christmas…

Christmas. A time for terror. For fear. For ghosts…
Podshock 91
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Episode 91 of Doctor Who: Podshock is now available.

"I sometimes think how magical life would be if stories like this were true."

Note: This is a special anniversary studio episode in which we break away from our usual format. Warning: The interview in this podcast discusses elements of the 2007 ("Series 3") episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood" and may contain minor spoilers.

Outpost Gallifrey Presents:

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 91
For the Week of the 30th of July 2007.
Running Time: 1:29:36

Special 22 Year Anniversary Episode: Joining us on our anniversary is the celebrated writer Paul Cornell on the heels of the transmission of this year's Human Nature and The Family of Blood. In this full length in-depth interview, Paul discusses these two episodes in the latest series of Doctor Who as well as Father's Day, The Scream of the Shalka, The Discontinuity Guide, Bernice Summerfield, and much more.

Doctor Who: Podshock features the latest Doctor Who news and discussions from both US and UK perspectives. Hosted by Ken Deep and Louis Trapani in the US and James Naughton in the UK, with segments by correspondents in Australia and Canada. Presented by Outpost Gallifrey and brought to you by Gallifreyan Embassy. Recorded in June 2007.

Click here for the mp3 version of the podcast.

Torchwood comes to US HDNET
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
North American High Definition Cable Channel HDNET has announced it has acquired the rights to the first two seasons of Torchwood. It will begin showing the series on September 17th.
"We're thrilled to be airing TORCHWOOD in HD," said Mark Cuban, president and co-founder of HDNet. "This is certainly a Russell T. Davies signature show. TORCHWOOD explores adult themes and doesn't shy away from anything. Whether it's the diverse storylines or the hero's ambivalence to sexual boundaries, this is not your typical show, and I love it."
Nobody's Children
Big Finish
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions have released full information on their forthcoming Bernice Summerfield book, Nobody's Children. This release will include three stories:

All Mimsy Were the Borogroves Kate Orman
The Loyal Left Hand Jonathan Blum
Nursery Politics Philip Purser-Hallard
The war is meant to be over. The Draconian Empire has won the day, and the Mim have lost pretty much everything.

That includes the borogoves of Proxima Longissima, the Mim's beloved children. The Draconians claim the borogoves are foundlings, abused and neglected by their parents. In the Empire they will be protected and provided for.

Fearing that his species faces extinction, one of last surviving Mim begs Bernice Summerfield to come and see for herself. Benny just wants to do right by her own son, Peter, and the brother or sister who may follow him. But soon the borogoves are, rather unexpectedly, her godchildren, and Benny becomes their best hope for a future peace.

As if dead oceans and burning deserts weren't hostile enough, Benny must enter the labyrinthine corridors of diplomacy - where right and wrong are questions of perspective, and even her own loved ones are not wholly innocent...
Big Finish Update
Big Finish
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has relaunched its website with a new layout and updates on the various lines.

Among the many news updates today, the future of the Eighth Doctor series is commented upon. Nick Briggs had the following to say about the upcoming departure of C'rizz and Charley from the series. 'We shall be extremely sad to see them go,' says executive producer, Nick Briggs, 'but all good things come to an end. And we're giving them both a proper, dramatic send-off.'

The Eighth Doctor's travels with Lucie Miller are set to continue with the following statement on the upcoming second series. The series will be released straight onto CD. The final release order has yet to be confirmed but titles and authors are as follows: Grand Theft Cosmos by Eddie Robson, an as yet untitled story by Paul Magrs, The Skull of Sobek by Marc Platt, Max Warp by Jonathan Morris, Plastic Population by Jonathan Clements, Dead London by Pat Mills and the the final two episodes in the series are provisionally titles Kidnapped and Vengeance - both by Nicholas Briggs.

This second season of The New Eighth Doctor Adventures are due to be released early in 2008

Sci Fi Rumors
August 2, 2007  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Sci Fi Wire has released details from an interview with Noel Clarke, which they believe may have casting information for Series 4. For more information, please click on the Spoiler link below.
Noel Clarke hinted that he may be returning to the show in the upcoming season. When asked whether he would be writing any more scripts, he was coy about his availability. "I'm not doing the second series of Torchwood," he said. "Because I'm doing things that I can't talk about."

As for how the writers would explain Mickey's possible return, Clarke offered a vague explanation. "It's a parallel universe, baby," he said. "The only thing I could say is that it's sci-fi, right? And in sci-fi, there's no real rules, is there?"
Channel Ten 'bumps' Torchwood
August 1, 2007  •  Posted By Adam Kirk
Australian commercial broadcaster Channel Ten has dropped Torchwood from the Monday 9.30pm timeslot, moving the programme to Tuesday nights at midnight (Wednesday 12am). Next week it will be replaced by a special, Tomb of Jesus, a documentary about the 2,000-year-old "Tomb of the Ten Ossuaries", found in Jerusalem. This change follows Monday night's episode, 'Greeks Bearing Gifts', starting 55 minutes late due to the season final of Big Brother over-running. 'Greeks' rated 563,000 in the five major capitals. A number of Torchwood episodes have commenced late in recent weeks due to Big Brother running overtime.

Channel Ten has a history of dropping programmes mid-season from prime time as a result of 'disappointing' ratings. Programmes such as Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, Veronica Mars and Smallville have shared a similar fate.

Meanwhile, AnnMaree Bellman of the Sydney Morning Herald has reviewed 'Greeks Bearing Gifts'.