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Torchwood On iTunes In USA
Torchwood
April 30, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
US residents can now buy and download Torchwood from the iTunes Store.

The Doctor Who spin-off is among the BBC America programming available as part of the strategy of BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, to secure the broadest possible distribution for its TV shows.

People can buy single episodes and complete seasons.

Also among the programmes available is the comedy series Little Britain, for which Tom Baker provides the narration.

Beth Clearfield, the vice-president of digital media and business development for BBC Worldwide America, said: "The BBC is delighted to provide US audiences with the unique ability to purchase and download select award-winning BBC America programming on the iTunes Store."
Planet of the Ood - Final Ratings
Broadcasting
April 30, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Final figures released by BARB give episode three of Series Four, Planet of the Ood, an official rating of 7.50 million viewers. The programme was the 12th most watched for the week on British Television. On BBC1 it was the 4th most watched for the week, behind three editions of EastEnders.

On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 1.30 million viewers and was the 3rd most watched programme on multichannel for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.71 million and was the 26th most watched programme for the week.

Full ratings data, including data for iPlayer downloads can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.
Top Programmes w/e 20 April 2008

1 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 2005) - 10.96 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 10.75 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 10.44 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 10.18 - ITV1
5 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 10.09 - BBC1
6 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1933) - 9.93 - ITV1
7 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 9.59 - ITV1
8 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 8.69 - BBC1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 8.32 - BBC1
10 FOYLE'S WAR (SUN 2003) - 7.92 - ITV1
11 EMMERDALE (MON 1901) - 7.63 - ITV1
12 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1819) - 7.50 - BBC1
13 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.43 - BBC1
14 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 7.27 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 7.26 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (THU 1903) - 7.23 - ITV1
17 WAKING THE DEAD (MON 2100) - 7.19 - BBC1
18 WAKING THE DEAD (TUE 2059) - 7.12 - BBC1
19 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 6.92 - BBC1
20 EMMERDALE (TUE 1859) - 6.92 - ITV1

Top Multi Channel Programmes w/e 20 April 2008

1 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 1,359,000 - BBC3      
2 GAVIN AND STACEY (Sun 2101) 1,354,000 - BBC3      
3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2000) 1,304,000 - BBC3      
4 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (Sun 1958) 1,174,000 - ITV2      
5 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1539) 1,143,000 - Sky Sports
6 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Thu 1930) 1,010,000 - Sky Sports
7 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1300) 994,000 - Sky Sports
8 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2101) 985,000 - ITV2      
9 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1230) 946,000 - Sky Sports
10 EASTENDERS (Mon 2201) 934,000 - BBC3      
11 SKINS (Mon 2159) 853,000 - E4      In
12 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 841,000 - Fiver (was
13 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1859) 838,000 - E4      In
14 BIONIC WOMAN (Tue 2100) 819,000 - ITV2      
15 60 SECONDS (Sun 2059) 801,000 - BBC3      
16 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 799,000 - Fiver (was
17 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 798,000 - Fiver (was
18 HOLLYOAKS (Fri 1900) 796,000 - E4      In
19 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT AUDITIONS (Sun 2103) 772,000 - ITV2      
20 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 771,000 - BBC3      


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Doctor Who Adventures 62
Merchandise
April 30, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - out in the UK tomorrow - has the first part of a three-part competition to win a lifesize Ood head.

Issue 62 also promises to prepare readers for a battle with the Sontarans, with a look back at The Sontaran Stratagem and a look ahead to The Poison Sky - this coming Saturday's conclusion to the two-parter.

Also in the magazine:

  • Three posters: The Doctor and Donna, The Sontaran Stratagem and the Sisters in The Fires of Pompeii.
  • Tales from the TARDIS: Mickey activates the Dalek Genesis Ark by accident.
  • Quiz: How well do you know the Sontarans?
  • Activity: Make a Pyrovile mask.
  • Secrets: Behind the scenes with Doctor Who Confidential - find out how the Adipose came to life.
  • Doctor's Data: The Adipose.
  • Comic strip: The Doctor uncovers a secret in Vienna.
  • Time Teasers: Puzzles to solve – hunt the hands and untangle the Ood tentacles.
  • Who knows: Who made the sonic screwdriver and which Doctor has had the most companions?

    Issue 62 comes with a free Doctor Who Adventures keyring plus a set of monster bouncy balls featuring some of the series' creatures.
  • Classic Series DVD Releases
    DVD and Video
    April 30, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
    DVD site Zeta Minor has given UK release dates for various classic-era stories later this year. According to its newly updated releases page, they are as follows:

    K-9 Tales - box set comprising The Invisible Enemy and K-9 plus Sarah Jane Smith spin-off story K-9 And Company: June 16

    The Brain of Morbius: July 21

    The Trial of a Time Lord box set: August 18

    Four To Doomsday: September 15

    The War Machines: October 13

    Battlefield: November 17

    In addition, Revenge of the Slitheen and Eye of the Gorgon, both from spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, are slated to be released on one DVD on January 12, 2009.

    Please note, however, that the information has been gathered from various sources and the dates could change.

    (With thanks to Tony Clark.)
    Final Ratings - Torchwood
    Torchwood
    April 29, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Final ratings and audience profile data for Season Two of Torchwood is now available in the Doctor Who Forum.

    The final episode, Exit Wounds achieved an Appreciation Index of 90, the highest score the series has ever received. It was most appreciated by Welsh females aged 16-34.

    The episode was also the highest rated on BBC2 for the week, with an official rating of 3.13 million viewers.
    Doctor Who Magazine 395
    PressClips
    April 29, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    IT'S ALL OUT WAR IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 395

    David Tennant and the cast of the latest Doctor Who adventure discuss the war-loving, potato-headed, baddies in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

    "Sontarans are great," beams David, while sitting on a deck chair, and watching a troop of Sontarans march across the Doctor Who set. "I think that's partly because they come from a very specific world. That back story gives them a great context. Robert Holmes didn’t just create a race, back in the 1970s: he created a world that they came from. Even if you never saw that planet, you understood why they did what they did."

    Also this issue:

  • An exclusive interview with Georgia Moffett on what it’s like being the Doctor’s Daughter.

  • Previews of the next four episodes of Series Four - The Doctor’s Daughter, The Unicorn and the Wasp and Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead – featuring new and previously unpublished photos!

  • Russell T Davies reveals all about Partners in Crime’s top secret scene in Production Notes.

  • There’s a crisis in the Caribbean as Donna makes her comic strip début in Part One of The Widow’s Curse.

  • DWM visits Rome and reveals the true story of how a disaster was created, in an exclusive report on the making of The Fires of Pompeii – featuring interviews with actor Francois Pandolfo and writer James Moran.

  • Rose returns? Missing planets?! Vanishing bees?!? What can it all mean? We look at the clues.

  • What are Ood, but a reflection of ourselves? Find out as we go behind-the-scenes on the Ood-sphere and talk to the cast and crew of Planet of the Ood, including Keith Temple, Tim McInnerny, Paul Kasey and Adrian Rawlins.

  • Actress Louise Jameson tells what it was really like to work with Tom Baker in Doctor Who.

  • The Time Team discover if Karfel is really as awful as its reputation, as they watch Timelash.
  • PLUS all the latest news, exclusive photos, reviews, previews, competitions and even more!

    Doctor Who Magazine is out on Thursday 1 May 2008 across the United Kingdom.
    K9 Tales box set extras
    DVD and Video
    April 29, 2008  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
    The Doctor Who Restoration Team website has published an article confirming the release of the K9 Tales box set later this year, and announcing the extras package being provided for the two stories - 1977's The Invisible Enemy and 1981 spin-off adventure K9 and Company.

    The extras for The Invisible Enemy are:

    A commentary Louise Jameson, John Leeson, Mat Irvine and Bob Baker.

    Documentary feature Dreams and Fantasy, looking back at the making of the story.

    Studio Sweepings - behind-the-scenes studio footage.

    Visual Effect - a look at the visual effects work on this and other stories.

    Blue Peter - an extract showing K9's first appearance on the famous children's magazine show.

    Optional CGI effects.

    Trailers and continuity announcements, on-screen production notes, a photo gallery, coming soon trailer, and PDF files of Radio Times billings.


    On K9 and Company:

    A commentary with Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Linda Polan and Eric Saward.

    The K9 Files - a documentary looking at the making of this production.

    K9 - A Dog's Tale, K9 is interviewed about his life.

    Pebble Mill at One - K9 appears on the BBC1 lunchtime chat show.

    BBC trailers and continuity announements.

    PDF files of K9 Stories, four books starring the dog originally published in the 1970s.

    A Photo Gallery, Coming Soon trailer, Radio Times Billings PDFs, Programme subtitles and Subtitle Production Notes.
    Radio Times
    PressClips
    April 28, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    This week's Radio Times features an interview with Freema Agyeman who, last week, returned to Doctor Who in the role of Martha Jones, now a fully fledged member of UNIT. Has joining the Unified Intelligence Taskforce toughened her up? "It's affected her definitely" says Agyeman, "but she's still the same Martha underneath. She still wants to help and heal people,"

    And who thought sparks would fly between Martha and Donna (Catherine Tate). "Too obvious!" laughs Agyeman. "Everyone was expecting that, so it's brilliant to have wrong-footed them." What about the Sontarans? Was she able to keep a straight face opposite them? "Tiny little warriors who look like potatoes, Well, they look cute, but they’re totally obsessed with war and bloodlust and death and honour. I think they're suffering a bit from small-man syndrome."

    The Radio Times Website also contains a couple of articles related to the return of UNIT, including an interview with the Brigadier, Nicholas Courtney.
    Sontaran Stratagem - AI and Digital Ratings
    Broadcasting
    April 28, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Episode four of series four, The Sontaran Stratagem, achieved an Appreciation Index of 87. This was the highest score for the day on any of the four main channels.

    With overnights now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the 18th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in 9 days time.

    Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.55 million viewers, according to unofficial overnights. The programme, which had a share of 3.2%, was the 5th most watched on multi channel television on Saturday.

    Sunday's BBC3 repeat of The Sontaran Stratagem got an overnight audience of 0.87 million, a 4.1% share and was the 4th most watched programme on multi channel TV for Sunday. Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 0.51 million for the repeat showing.

    Meanwhile last Friday's repeat of Planet of the Ood got an audience of 0.51 million and was the 5th most watched multi channel programme for the day.
    BAFTA Cymru triumphs
    General TV Series News
    April 27, 2008  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
    Doctor Who has won six categories at the 17th annual BAFTA Cymru Awards, given to films and television programmes produced in Wales. The ceremony was held tonight at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

    The programme took the awards for Best Drama Series (Phil Collinson, for "Voyage of the Damned"), Best Screenwriter (Steven Moffat, for "Blink"), Best Sound (BBC Wales Sound team), Best Director, Drama (James Strong, "Voyage of the Damned"), Best Director of Photography (Ernie Vincze for "Voyage of the Damned") and Best Make-Up (Barbara Southcott and Neill Gorton at Millennium FX for "The Shakespeare Code".)

    Spin-off series Torchwood took one award, Best Costume for the episode "Captain Jack Harkness".

    IC Wales and BBC News both have reports.
    Sontaran Stratagem - Overnight Ratings
    Broadcasting
    April 27, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Unofficial figures show that episode four of Series Four, The Sontaran Stratagem, was watched by 6.4 million viewers, giving it a 35.5% share of the total television audience.

    The programme was the second most watched of the day, being beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, which was 3 million viewers ahead of any opposition with 9.4 million viewers. Doctor Who won the time slot, beating Animals Do the Funniest Things, which got 3.3 million viewers and it was the highest rated programme on BBC1 for the day.

    The programme is currently the 17th most watched for the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in ten days' time.
    Torchwood comes to Radio 4
    Torchwood
    April 26, 2008  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
    Team Torchwood is slated to make an appearance on Radio 4 this summer. The 45-minute show, airing as Radio 4's Afternoon Play, has been written by Joseph Lidster (A Day In The Death) and will feature the voices of John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd and Freema Agyeman. Recorded in March, the story will be transmitted on Radio 4 as part of a day's programming dedicated to the CERN project, expected to air in June or July. According to an interview in Torchwood Magazine with writer Joseph Lidster, Martha calls the team while investigating strange goings-on at the CERN nuclear facility in Switzerland, leading to Torchwood's very first international adventure!

    The story will be the first time that Torchwood has not featured Burn Gorman and Naoko Mori, though Lidster says their characters Owen and Tosh, who died at the end of series two, do have a part to play in the story.
    "But the story isn’t about death," says Lidster, "and I think it will appeal to those Radio 4 listeners who don't usually watch Torchwood, as well as the fans."


    This Week in Doctor Who
    New Column Posted
    April 25, 2008  •  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 April 25, 2008 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
    Radiophonic Workshop - 50 years
    Miscellaneous
    April 25, 2008  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
    The BBC Radiophonic Workshop would have been 50 years old this month. Disbanded a decade ago, the Workshop - based at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London - was the in-house audio special effects team responsible for the majority of the special sounds, sound effects and electronic music heard in the classic series of Doctor Who.

    To commemorate the anniversary of the Workshop, the BBC News website has today published a feature looking back at its work, including embedded video content. Interviewed are Dick Mills and Mark Ayres, both of whom worked extensively on Doctor Who, with Ayres still being involved in the sound restoration for classic series DVD releases.

    Speaking about the creation of the iconic voices of the Daleks, Mills says: "We tried to give the impression that whenever a Dalek spoke, it wasn't speaking like we do, it was accessing words from a memory bank, so they all sound the same - dispassionate, mechanical and retrievable."

    Both Mills and Ayres are scheduled to appear on Breakfast on BBC One tomorrow. According to a posting by Ayres on the Restoration Team forum today, they will be on about 9.45am. He adds: "In other words, any time between 9.30-10.00am, as long as a more important story does not break."

    (Additional reporting by John Bowman, with thanks to Tony Clark.)
    Tristram Cary 1925 -2008
    People
    April 24, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Classic Series composer Tristram Cary has died at the age of 82, at his home in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Cary worked on many of the earliest stories of Doctor Who, providing incidental music for some of the most memorable episodes. He scored the very first appearance of the Daleks in 1963 and his last contribution for the programme was for The Mutants in 1972.

    Cary holds a unique place in contemporary music. While serving as a wartime naval radar officer in 1945, he independently conceived the idea of electronic and tape music, and was a world pioneer in this field. His work ranged from concert and entertainment musical repertoire to pure electronic music and from instrumental solos to orchestral and choral works covers.

    He provided the scores for many well known British films including the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers in 1955 and the Hammer productions of Quatermass and the Pit in 1967 and Blood from the Mummy's Tomb in 1971.

    Cary was a citizen of both Australia and Britain, and in 1991 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Australian music. In 1999 he received the SA Great Music Award for the year, and in 2001 he gained the degree of Doctor of Music at Adelaide University.
    Doctor Who Adventures - 61
    PressClips
    April 23, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Doctor Who Adventures issue 61, is now out across the United Kingdom.
    PRESS RELEASE

    Ood news!

    This week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures is an really Ood issue. There’s a menacing red-eye Ood staring out on the cover and inside we look at our favourite moments of last week’s scary episode! You can also test out how well you know the Ood with our tricky quiz.

    The issue comes with a FREE Judoon notepad, a set of monster tags and there’s also the final part of our giant Doctor Who double-sided poster. On one side you get a picture of Donna and on the other you get all the monsters from the last series!
    PLUS:
    · Three brand-new posters: Miss Foster, Planet of the Ood and the Master.
    · The Sontaran Stratagem: special preview of the next Doctor Who episode.
    · Tales from the TARDIS: the Titanic is about to hit Buckingham Palace…
    · Fact file: all you need to know about the Pyrovile.
    · Activity: make a cool 3-D Cyber head!
    · Doctor's Data: Foon Van Hoff.
    · Create your own monster winner: we reveal the winning monster – who also stars in a special comic strip with the Doctor.
    · Time Teasers: Ood food and Bloodtide and Doomfinger with a fun word search.
    · Who knows! Are Cybermen from Earth and can Weeping Angels fly?
    · Win: answer the questions correctly and you could win loads of prizes!
    · Subscription offer: if you subscribe you’ll get a FREE Doctor Who audiobook – The Feast of the Drowned.
    · AND LOADS MORE!

    Sadly, DWA is not available on the Ood home planet.
    Fires of Pompeii - Final Ratings
    Broadcasting
    April 23, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Final figures released by BARB give episode two of Series Four, The Fires of Pompeii, an official rating of 9.04 million viewers. The programme was the 10th most watched for the week on British Television. On BBC1 it was the 4th most watched for the week, beating an episode of EastEnders.

    On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 1.03 million viewers and was the 8th most watched programme for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.63 million. Friday's repeat of Partners in Crime got 0.74 million viewers and was the 25th most watched programme for the week.

    Full ratings data and audience profile can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.
    Top Programmes w/e 13 April 2008

    1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 11.18 - ITV1
    2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1931) - 11.03 - ITV1
    3 EASTENDERS (MON 2001) - 10.60 - BBC1
    4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 10.17 - ITV1
    5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 10.08 - ITV1
    6 CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) - 9.85 - ITV1
    7 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 9.49 - BBC1
    8 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 1949) - 9.44 - ITV1
    9 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 9.04 - BBC1
    10 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1846) - 9.04 - BBC1
    11 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) - 8.94 - BBC1
    12 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (TUE 1929) - 7.92 - ITV1
    13 EMMERDALE (MON 1901) - 7.92 - ITV1
    14 FOYLE'S WAR (SUN 2004) - 7.74 - ITV1
    15 EMMERDALE (WED 1900) - 7.35 - ITV1
    16 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 7.34 - ITV1
    17 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.32 - BBC1
    18 EMMERDALE (TUE 1859) - 7.20 - ITV1
    19 EMMERDALE (THU 1900) - 7.04 - ITV1
    20 CASUALTY (SAT 2051) - 6.76 - BBC1


    Top Multi Channel Programmes w/e 13 April 2008

    1 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1533) 2,308,000 - Sky Sports
    2 GAVIN AND STACEY (Sun 2102) 1,401,000 - BBC3      
    3 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1300) 1,300,000 - Sky Sports
    4 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 1,210,000 - Sky Sports
    5 60 SECONDS (Sun 2101) 1,189,000 - BBC3      
    6 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT AUDITIONS (Sun 2000) 1,163,000 - ITV2      
    7 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 1,043,000 - BBC3      
    8 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 1,029,000 - BBC3      
    9 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 994,000 - ITV2      
    10 EASTENDERS (Mon 2202) 963,000 - BBC3      
    11 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 937,000 - BBC3      
    12 UEFA CUP (2007- 2008) (Thu 1927) 932,000 - ITV4      
    13 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 875,000 - Five Life
    14 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (Sun 1847) 870,000 - ITV2      
    15 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1742) 834,000 - More4     
    16 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1816) 819,000 - More4     
    17 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 801,000 - Five Life
    18 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 798,000 - Five Life
    19 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 787,000 - Five Life
    20 SKINS (Mon 2200) 766,000 - E4


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    Christmas Special Cast Member Revealed
    General TV Series News
    April 22, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
    David Morrissey has been reunited with his Blackpool co-star David Tennant for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

    According to a report by the Press Association, the pair appeared on set yesterday in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral.

    Further details are given in the spoiler box - which may contain information you do not want to know. The PA report - with pictures - was carried today by the Daily Mail. Again, do not click on the link if you want to remain spoiler-free.
    According to PA:

    "College Green was covered with artificial snow for the scene filmed today, in which mourners in Victorian costume marched in front of a horse-drawn cart carrying a coffin.

    "Tennant was dressed in the Doctor's trademark ankle-length brown coat, while Morrissey was kitted out in full period garb - a tan knee-length jacket and red waistcoat.

    "A security guard sat in front of the Tardis, which was tucked down a nearby alleyway, covered by a white sheet.

    "Tennant waved to the crowds as the crew prepared the intricate set and covered the surrounding historic buildings with fake snow.

    "Secrecy surrounds the Christmas episode's storyline, but it's believed to feature the Cybermen - the Doctor's deadliest enemies."

    Elsewhere, it has been reported that Dervla Kirwan is also in the special.
    Planet of the Ood - AI and Digital Ratings
    Broadcasting
    April 21, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Episode Three of series four of Doctor Who, Planet of the Ood, achieved an Appreciation Index of 87.

    With overnights now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the 15th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in 9 days time.

    Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.65 million viewers, according to unofficial overnights. The programme, which had a share of 3.3%, was the 4th most watched on multi channel television on Saturday.

    Sunday's BBC3 repeat of Planet of the Ood got an overnight audience of 1.03 million, a 4.7% share and was the 4th most watched programme on multi channel TV for Sunday. Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 0.55 million for the repeat showing.

    Meanwhile last Friday's repeat of The Fires of Pompeii got an audience of 0.43 million and was the 7th most watched multi channel programme for the day.
    Radio Times cover revealed
    PressClips
    April 21, 2008  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
    The official Radio Times website has revealed a preview of the Doctor Who themed cover for next week's edition of the magazine, which is released to newsstands in the UK tomorrow.

    The cover features an image of a Sontaran from the forthcoming two-part story "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky", which begins this Saturday at 6.20pm on BBC One.

    The cover of the magazine also advertises the free CD of part one of the Doctor Who audiobook "The Resurrection Casket", which is being given away free with the magazine. The concluding part will be included with the following week's edition.
    Radio Times Cover
    PressClips
    April 20, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Next week's edition of Radio Times will once more feature a Doctor Who cover. Details are secret but the episode featured includes the return of the Sontarans. The cover will be revealed on the Radio Times website at 4pm on Monday 21st April.

    The Radio Times will also contain a free BBC Doctor Who audio CD - part one of a two-CD set of The Resurrection Casket, written by Justin Richards and read by David Tennant.
    Planet of the Ood - Overnight Ratings
    Broadcasting
    April 20, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Unofficial figures show that episode three of Series Four, Planet of the Ood, was watched by 6.9 million viewers, giving it a 33.4% share of the total television audience.

    The programme was the second most watched of the day, being beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, which got a massive 10.3 million. It won the time slot, beating Animals Do the Funniest Things, which got 4.0 million viewers.

    The audience grew by nearly two million during the programme and peaked in the last quarter hour at 7.5 million. The programme is currently the 14th most watched for the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in ten days' time.
    Doctor Who Adventures 60
    PressClips
    April 19, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Doctor Who Adventures issue 60 is out now across the United Kingdom.
    Press Release

    Catherine Tate interviewed in this week's Doctor Who Adventures magazine.

    You can't have failed to notice that there's a new person travelling aboard the TARDIS – Donna Noble, as played by Catherine Tate. In this week's Doctor Who Adventures Catherine Tate tells the magazine about the fun she's having playing the character.

    Did she watch Doctor Who when she was growing up? "No! I remember the theme tune but it was never as interesting to me as Basil Brush. I didn't know the Doctor regenerated until Christopher Eccleston turned into David. It was incredible!"

    About stunts: "Kneeling in the TARDIS is like kneeling on razor blades! I've got black and blue knees! I got absolutely battered during the first episode. David wants to do all his own stunts, though!"

    If she could really time-travel, would Catherine go and meet herself in the past? "If someone came in now and said, 'Hi, I'm you at 50!' you wouldn't say, 'Oh, go on, take a seat!' I can't answer without my head exploding!"

    Read the whole interview in this week's Doctor Who Adventures magazine. Free with this week's issue is a deadly Dalek pen and notepad and the second part of a massive double-sided poster – inside the TARDIS on one side, and the monsters of Series Two on the other.

    PLUS:
    · Four cool posters: The Fires of Pompeii, an Ood, Donna and a Dalek!
    · The Fires of Pompeii: our favourite bits from last week's episode.
    · Planet of the Ood: be prepared for a trip to an alien world.
    · Quiz: test your knowledge on The Fires of Pompeii.
    · Activity: make your own Son of Mine mask.
    · Draw: create your own Dalek Sec Hybrid!
    · Doctor's Data: discover Third Doctor facts.
    · Puzzle: work out our Krillitane conundrum.
    · Comic strip: the final part of The Poison Planet.
    · Time Teasers: Tummy of Terror and a parallel picture!
    · Who knows! What happened to Margaret Slitheen and why did Lucy shoot the Master?
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    · AND LOADS MORE!
    This Week in Doctor Who
    New Column Posted
    April 18, 2008  •  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 April 18, 2008 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
    Tennant And Tate For Festival
    Special Events
    April 17, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
    David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be star speakers later this year at the Times Cheltenham Literary Festival, it was announced today.

    They will talk about working with the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as on Doctor Who.

    The event runs from October 10 to 19. Precise dates for appearances have yet to be announced.

    Reported by thelondonpaper and the Press Association.
    Partners in Crime - Final Ratings
    Broadcasting
    April 16, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Final figures released by BARB give episode one of Series Four, Partners in Crime, an official rating of 9.14 million viewers. The programme was the 10th most watched for the week on British Television. It was the highest rated non-soap programme for the week.

    On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 1.398 million viewers and was the 5th most watched programme for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.95 million with the Sunday repeat getting 0.82 million. Thursday's repeat of Voyage of the Damned got 0.61 million viewers.

    On BBC Four, the three episodes shown on Saturday of the 45 year old repeat of The Daleks all made it into the Top Ten programmes on the channel for the week. The highest rated episode was episode three, The Escape, which got 0.43 million viewers.
    Top Twenty programmes (we 6 April 2008)

    1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 10.86 - ITV1
    2 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 10.60 - BBC1
    3 CORONATION STREET (MON 1932) - 10.60 - ITV1
    4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 10.47 - ITV1
    5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 10.27 - ITV1
    6 CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) - 10.14 - ITV1
    7 EASTENDERS (TUE 1928) - 9.83 - BBC1
    8 EASTENDERS (FRI 1959) - 9.59 - BBC1
    9 EASTENDERS (THU 1928) - 9.30 - BBC1
    10 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1819) - 9.14 - BBC1
    11 EMMERDALE (WED 1900) - 7.55 - ITV1
    12 CASUALTY (SAT 2030) - 7.52 - BBC1
    13 EMMERDALE (MON 1900) - 7.45 - ITV1
    14 EMMERDALE (TUE 1859) - 7.36 - ITV1
    15 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 7.30 - ITV1
    16 HEARTBEAT (SUN 1959) - 7.13 - ITV1
    17 BBC NEWS (SUN 1900) - 6.97 - BBC1
    18 I'D DO ANYTHING (SAT 1909) - 6.97 - BBC1
    19 EMMERDALE (THU 1859) - 6.88 - ITV1
    20 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 6.73 - BBC1

    Top Twenty Multi-Channel programmes (we 6 April 2008)

    1 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 1,676,000 - Sky Sports
    2 GAVIN AND STACEY (Sun 2100) 1,601,000 - BBC3
    3 LIVE FA CUP FOOTBALL (Sun 1532) 1,570,000 - Sky Sports
    4 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1300) 1,407,000 - Sky Sports
    5 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 1,398,000 - BBC3
    6 BIONIC WOMAN (Tue 2101) 1,215,000 - ITV2
    7 EASTENDERS (Thu 2159) 1,078,000 - BBC3
    8 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2103) 1,056,000 - ITV2
    9 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 1,028,000 - BBC3
    10 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1200) 998,000 - Sky Sports
    11 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1821) 967,000 - More4
    12 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1911) 957,000 - BBC3
    13 HUGHIE GREEN, MOST SINCERELY (Wed 2100) 895,000 - BBC4
    14 SHAMELESS (Tue 2303) 887,000 - E4
    15 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 878,000 - Five Life
    16 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 836,000 - Five Life
    17 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 827,000 - Five Life
    18 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 819,000 - Five Life
    19 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sun 2051) 817,000 - BBC3
    20 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1748) 783,000 - More4

    Source: BARB
    BBC Wins Dalek Book Battle
    Miscellaneous
    April 16, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
    The BBC's commercial arm won a High Court battle today concerning a book about the Daleks.

    Publisher JHP, which brought out four Dalek-related books in the 1960s that had input from Dalek creator Terry Nation, claimed that BBC Worldwide's The Dalek Survival Guide, which was published in 2002, had infringed its copyright by using material from one of the books.

    But according to a report on BBC News, Mr Justice Norris said that although JHP had the licence to bring out the original books - three annuals plus The Dalek Pocketbook and Space-Travellers' Guide - it did not own the copyright.

    In 2001, both sides had started working together on a new venture involving the original books plus fresh material, but it foundered after JHP disliked BBC Worldwide's plans.

    JHP had claimed that the subsequent Dalek Survival Guide copied The Dalek Pocketbook and Space-Travellers' Guide material. However, the judge ruled that no substantial copying had taken place, and said it was "inherently improbable" that Nation, who died in 1997, would have assigned copyright to JHP.
    Classic Series Toys Pics
    Merchandise
    April 16, 2008  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
    Character Options has released the first photos of the upcoming Classic Series range of 5 inch toys. Each figure pack will include a different part of the giant K-1 robot from the fourth Doctor's first story, Robot in 1974. When all eight packs are collected, the giant robot will be complete.

    The first wave will include The Fourth Doctor, The Fifth Doctor, The Sixth Doctor, a Sea Devil, a Zygon, Magnus Greel and Mr Sin, SV7 and D84 (Robots of Death).

    Also being launched is a Doctor Who 5 inch Classic Dalek Set – this set will include Daleks from The Dead Planet, (1963), The Planet of the Daleks, (1973) and Genesis of the Daleks (1975).

    More information on this line can be found at DoctorWhoToys.net

    Thank You to John Davies from the Doctor Who Forum for assistance with this story!!