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Doctor And Donna Books Announced
BooksMay 12, 2008 Posted By John Bowman
Details of the forthcoming first three original, stand-alone novels featuring the Doctor and Donna have been released.
Ghosts of India by Mark Morris, The Doctor Trap by Simon Messingham and Shining Darkness by Mark Michalowski will be published in hardback by BBC Books in September.
See below for the synopses and click on the thumbnails for larger images of the covers.
Ghosts of India: India in 1947 is a country in the grip of chaos - a country torn apart by internal strife. When the Doctor and Donna arrive in Calcutta, they are instantly swept up in violent events.
Barely escaping with their lives, they discover that the city is rife with tales of 'half-made men' who roam the streets at night and steal people away. These creatures, it is said, are as white as salt and have only shadows where their eyes should be. With help from India's great spiritual leader, Mohandas 'Mahatma' Gandhi, the Doctor and Donna set out to investigate these rumours.
What is the real truth behind the 'half-made men'? Why is Gandhi's role in history under threat? And has an ancient, all-powerful god of destruction really come back to wreak his vengeance upon the Earth?
The Doctor Trap: Sebastiene was perhaps once human. He might look like a 19th-century nobleman but in truth he is a ruthless hunter. He likes nothing more than luring difficult opposition to a planet then hunting them down for sport. And now he's caught them all - from Zargregs to Moogs, and even the odd Eternal…
In fact, Sebastiene is after only one more prize. For this trophy, he knows he is going to need help. He's brought together the finest hunters in the universe to play the most dangerous game for the deadliest quarry of them all. They are hunting for the last of the Time Lords - the Doctor.
Shining Darkness: For Donna Noble, the Andromeda galaxy is a long, long way from home. But, even two and a half million light years from Earth, some things never change . . .
A visit to an art gallery turns into a race across space to uncover the secret behind a shadowy organisation. From the desert world of Karris to the interplanetary scrapyard of Junk, the Doctor and Donna discover that appearances can be deceptive, that enemies are lurking around every corner - and that the centuries-long peace between humans and machines may be about to come to an end. Because waiting in the wings to bring chaos to the galaxy is The Cult of Shining Darkness.
BAFTA win for Moffat
PeopleMay 11, 2008 Posted By Paul Hayes
Steven Moffat has tonight been awarded the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Writer, for the script of his 2007 Doctor Who episode "Blink". The Award was presented at the annual BAFTA Craft Awards ceremony, which honours those who work behind-the-scenes in the industry. Moffat won the award ahead of Jimmy McGovern (for "The Street"), Tony Marchant (for "The Mark of Cain") and Heidi Thomas (for "Cranford"). Full details can be found on the BAFTA website.
One of the highest accolades available to a British scriptwriter, it is Moffat's second BAFTA Award in recent weeks, having also won the BAFTA Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs) scriptwriting category, again for "Blink".
Tate In West End Play
PeopleMay 11, 2008 Posted By John Bowman
Catherine Tate will be appearing in London's West End this summer in the play Under The Blue Sky.
It is being staged at The Duke of York's Theatre, in St Martin's Lane, from Tuesday, July 15 until Saturday, September 20.
The play, by David Eldridge, consists of three love stories that are connected subtly. Tate will be appearing with Francesca Annis, Lisa Dillon, Chris O'Dowd and Dominic Rowan.
Her previous theatre credits have included Some Girls at The Gielgud Theatre, with David Schwimmer, as well as The 24 Hour Plays at The Old Vic.
Doctor's Daughter - Overnight Ratings
BroadcastingMay 11, 2008 Posted By Marcus
Unofficial figures show that episode six of Series Four, The Doctor's Daughter, was watched by 6.6 million viewers, giving it a 38.4% share of the total television audience.
While most programmes have been getting lower figures than the previous week, Doctor Who has increased its audience to bring it back over the 6 million mark.
The top rated programme was still ITV1's Britain's Got Talent although its audience was down by a million at 7.5 million. Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on BBC1 for the day and had the biggest share of any programme on Saturday.
The programme is currently the 11th most watched of the week, once more beating all episodes of Emmerdale. Final figures will be released by BARB in ten days time.
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column PostedMay 9, 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 May 9, 2008 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Doctor Who Adventures 63
MerchandiseMay 9, 2008 Posted By John Bowman
Sontaran stationery is the giveaway with this week's Doctor Who Adventures.
Issue 63 looks back at last week's episode, The Poison Sky, and previews what is happening in tomorrow's adventure, The Doctor's Daughter.
Also in the magazine:
Tate was robbed of Comedy Award
PeopleMay 8, 2008 Posted By Paul Hayes
An investigation by the British broadcasting industry regulator OfCom has found that Doctor Who star Catherine Tate was unfairly denied the People's Choice Award at the 2005 British Comedy Awards, screened on the ITV network. The recipient of the award was to have been decided by a telephone vote from viewers.
BBC News reports that even though Tate won the most votes in the category, the prize was given to presenting duo Ant and Dec. This was done because pop star Robbie Williams had agreed to attend the ceremony and present a prize, but would only do so if it could be for Ant and Dec. As they had not won any of the jury-decided categories, it was decided that they should win the audience award to ensure Williams's attendance.
The Times quotes a spokesman for Tate as saying that the actress was an "innocent bystander" in the matter, and had no desire to comment. Ant and Dec have said that they will return their award, which will presumably now be given to Tate.
Freema Agyeman cast in BBC One's Dickens
PeopleMay 7, 2008 Posted By R. Alan Siler
BBC Drama Production today announced the key cast for Little Dorrit, Andrew Davies' major adaptation of Dickens' novel, which will be broadcast on BBC One this autumn (date to be announced). Freema Agyeman, best known to audiences as Martha Jones from Doctor Who and Torchwood, has been cast as Tattycoram, the foundling companion of the Meagles' daughter Pet.
The Dorrit family are joined by a host of colourful characters who they encounter on their way from rags to riches in Dickensian society.
When the benevolent Arthur Clennam returns from overseas he is determined to solve the mystery of his father's dying words, "Put it right Arthur. Your mother. Put it right."
The 15-part drama series began filming last week (commencing 28 April 2008) and will film throughout the summer in locations in and around London, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Herefordshire.
Adapted by acclaimed writer Andrew Davies (Sense And Sensibility, Bleak House) Little Dorrit will play out in soap opera format with 14 half-hour episodes following an initial hour-long episode.
Kate Harwood, BBC Head of Series and Serials, says: "We are very proud to be presenting this wonderful line-up of cast who will be bringing to life one of Dickens' broadest range of characters in a gripping, witty and touching script by the inimitable Andrew Davies. Part-murder mystery, part-love story, and wholly entertaining, Little Dorrit promises to be an autumn treat."
Sylvester McCoy stars in 'The Mikado'
PeopleMay 7, 2008 Posted By R. Alan Siler
Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy will be playing the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. The production opens at the Sheffield Theatre Lyceum following a successful run in the West End and features the Oscar-winning sets and costumes from Mike Leigh's film Topsy Turvy.
Starring alongside the Professor is Nichola McAuliffe, who will be reprising her role of Katisha from the West End run. McAuliffe previously appeared in Doctor Who as Vivien Rook in 2007's "The Sound of Drums" and was also the voice of James Bond's BMW in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies.
Transporting you to the magnificent Japanese court of Titipu, this hilarious tale of love, marriage, executions and heroics brings to life some of Gilbert & Sullivan's most colourful and popular comic characters from Ko-Ko the Lord High Executioner, Pooh-Bah and Nanki-Poo, to the delightful three little maids.
The Mikado plays seven exclusive performances from Tuesday 27 May to Saturday 31 May, 2008. For more information, please visit /web/20080512230809/http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/
Sontaran Stratagem - Final Ratings
BroadcastingMay 7, 2008 Posted By Marcus
Final figures released by BARB give episode four of Series Four, The Sontaran Stratagem, an official rating of 7.06 million viewers. The programme was the 17th most watched for the week on British Television.
On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 1.04 million viewers and was the 6th most watched programme on multichannel for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.59 million viewers. Also listed is Fridays repeat of Planet of the Ood which got 0.64 million viewers.
Full ratings data, including data for iPlayer downloads can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.
Top 20 Programmes (w/e 27 April 2008)
1 - CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) 10.81
2 - CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) 10.22
3 - BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 2005) 9.86
4 - EASTENDERS (MON 2000) 9.66
5 - CORONATION STREET (FRI 1933) 9.41
6 - EASTENDERS (THU 1929) 9.19
7 - CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) 9.14
8 - CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) 8.87
9 - EASTENDERS (FRI 1959) 8.79
10 - EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) 8.59
11 - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (TUE 1928) 8.53
12 - MIDSOMER MURDERS (SUN 2002) 7.98
13 - THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) 7.85
14 - EMMERDALE (MON 1901) 7.49
15 - EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) 7.20
16 - EMMERDALE (THU 1903) 7.15
17 - DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1819) 7.06
18 - EMMERDALE (TUE 1859) 6.77
19 - EMMERDALE (WED 1900) 6.72
20 - CASUALTY (SAT 2057) 6.56
Top Twenty Multichannel Programmes (we 27 April 2008)
1 - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 1.77m - Sky Sports 2
2 - LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1200) 1.39m - Sky Sports 1
3 - BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (Sun 1959) 1.19m - ITV2
4 - EASTENDERS (Tue 2202) 1.09m - BBC3
5 - EASTENDERS (Thu 2201) 1.04m - BBC3
6 - DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 1.04m - BBC3
7 - HEROES (Thu 2231) 990,000 - BBC3
8 - FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1533) 968,000 - Sky Sports 1
9 - BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT AUDITIONS (Sun 2103) 921,000 - ITV2
10 - KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2101) 876,000 - ITV2
11 - UEFA CUP (2007- 2008) (Thu 1859) 872,000 - ITV4
12 - EASTENDERS (Mon 2200) 810,000 - BBC3
13 - 60 SECONDS (Tue 2200) 807,000 - BBC3
14 - BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT AUDITIONS (Sat 2204) 760,000 - ITV2
15 - HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 710,000 - Fiver
16 - HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1900) 708,000 - E4
17 - HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 706,000 - Fiver
18 - HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 705,000 - Fiver
19 - HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 700,000 - Fiver
20 - HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 694,000 - Fiver
Bernard Archard 1916 - 2008
PeopleMay 6, 2008 Posted By Marcus
Classic series actor Bernard Archard has died at the age of 91.
Archard created two memorable roles in the series. In 1966 he played the role of Bragen, the security chief seeking complete control of a colony of humans on the planet Vulcan, in Patrick Troughton's first story, The Power of the Daleks.
He returned to the series in 1975 to create the classic role of Marcus Scarman in the Tom Baker story Pyramids of Mars a story highly rated by fans.
Bernard Archard had a long and distinguished career appearing in such series as No Hiding Place (1962), The Avengers (1968), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971) and Bergerac. A detailed obituary is available in the Independent.
Thanks to Trevor Smith
The Poison Sky - AI and Digital Ratings
BroadcastingMay 5, 2008 Posted By Marcus
Episode five of series four, The Poison Sky, achieved an Appreciation Index of 88. Not only one of the highest scores in the series history, but the joint highest score for the weekend on any of the five main channels.
With overnights now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the 19th 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 0.58 million viewers, according to unofficial overnights. The programme, which had a share of 3.3%, was the 3rd most watched on multi channel television on Saturday.
Sunday's BBC3 repeat of The Poison Sky got an overnight audience of 0.63 million, a 3.1% share and was the 5th most watched programme on multi channel TV for Sunday. Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 0.32 million for the repeat showing.
Meanwhile last Friday's repeat of The Sontaran Stratagem got an audience of 0.39 million and was the 11th most watched multi channel programme for the day.
"Sontaran" Director Douglas MacKinnon Interview
PressClipsMay 4, 2008 Posted By R. Alan Siler
Today's Sunday Mail carries an interview with Douglas MacKinnon, director of just-broadcast episodes "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky".
Having grown up watching Doctor Who as a young man, and remembering the Sontarans' debut appearance in 1973's "The Time Warrior" starring Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen, directing these episodes was a dream come true for him.
"To get a two-parter with Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman and the Sontarans was just fantastic. I'd personally put the Sontarans third after the Cybermen and the Daleks as big legends in the legacy of Doctor Who villains."
MacKinnon, a Scotsman, had nothing but praise for series lead David Tennant: "He's everything people say, generous, kind and, most importantly, a very, very good actor. The thing with Doctor Who is the leading actor sets the pace to an extent and David's enthusiasm for the role is infectious for everyone."
But the production was not without incident: at one point during the shoot, MacKinnon managed to break the TARDIS.
"During filming I was working on the TARDIS and I managed to break the bit in the middle which goes up and down. I wanted it to go too fast for a dramatic scene and it just stopped working. I couldn't believe I'd broken the TARDIS! Thankfully, we managed to fix it half an hour later but I had this surreal phone call with my nine-year-old son Thomas, who is a massive Doctor Who fan, back home in Fife and said: 'You'll never believe what I did today...' And he shouted to my wife Mandy: 'Mum, dad's broken the TARDIS!'"
Doctor Who to Church's Rescue
MiscellaneousMay 4, 2008 Posted By R. Alan Siler
As reported in the Telegraph today, leaders at a church conference were encouraged to study Doctor Who and to draw upon the themes that run parallel to Christian doctrine in their sermons as a means of reaching more young people.
Andrew Wooding, a spokesman for the Church Army, which organised the conference, said that its intention was to give vicars new ideas for conveying their message. "There are countless examples of Christian symbolism in Doctor Who, which we can use to get across ideas that can otherwise be difficult to explain," commented Wooding.
In sessions with titles like "Meaningful Monsters: Daleks Through the Decades", members of the clergy watched clips of various episodes and discussed the relevance of certain scenes to Christian teachings. The Rev Andrew Myers, vicar at St Aidan’s in Leeds, commented: "We saw the Doctor persuaded to save a family of Pompeians in one of the most recent episodes, surely a reference to Genesis and Abraham’s bargaining with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah."
Former Doctor Who producer Barry Letts said it was right to look at the series for religious parables. "I think it’s inevitable because of Britain’s cultural heritage that a long-running programme about the fight between good and evil will have some Christian themes as a backdrop," he said.
The Poison Sky - Overnight Ratings
BroadcastingMay 4, 2008 Posted By Marcus
Unofficial figures show that episode five of Series Four, The Poison Sky, was watched by 5.9 million viewers, giving it a 32.5% share of the total television audience.
Although dipping below the 6 million mark, the programme was still the second most watched of the day, being beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, which got 8.5 million viewers. It was the highest rated programme on BBC1 for the day.
The programme is currently the 17th most watched of the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in ten days time.
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column PostedMay 3, 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 May 3, 2008 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Torchwood On iTunes In USA
TorchwoodApril 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
BroadcastingApril 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
Doctor Who Adventures 62
MerchandiseApril 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:
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 VideoApril 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
TorchwoodApril 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
PressClipsApril 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:
Doctor Who Magazine is out on Thursday 1 May 2008 across the United Kingdom.
K9 Tales box set extras
DVD and VideoApril 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.
PressClipsApril 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
BroadcastingApril 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 NewsApril 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
BroadcastingApril 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
TorchwoodApril 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."