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Site Editor: Shaun Lyon

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Bill Albert, Nathan Baron, Jeremy Bement, Stephen Blake, Arnold T Blumberg, Jack Borrett, John Bowman, Jarrod Cooper, Kenny Davidson, Michael Doran, Benjamin F Elliott, Chuck Foster, Paul Hayes, Matt 'Marcus' Hilton, Adam Kirk, Michael Regina,
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December Novels - Updated
Books
June 5, 2008  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Information has been released on the trio of New Series hardback novels slated for release on Boxing Day.

Author Lance Parkin has started a blog about the writing of his novel.
Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

Donna Noble is back home in London, catching up with her family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed - he's discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony.

But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in Earth's heavens. Particularly that bright star, right there. No, not that one, that one, there, on the left . . .

The world's population is slowly being converted to a new path, a new way of thinking. Something is coming to Earth, an ancient force from the Dark Times. Something powerful, angry, and all-consuming . . .


The Eyeless by Lance Parkin

At the heart of the ruined city of Arcopolis is the Fortress. It's a brutal structure placed here by one of the sides in a devastating intergalactic war that's long ended. Fifteen years ago, the entire population of the planet was killed in an instant by the weapon housed deep in the heart of the Fortress. Now only the ghosts remain.

The Doctor arrives, and determines to fight his way past the Fortress's automatic defences and put the weapon beyond use. But he soon discovers he's not the only person in Arcopolis. What is the true nature of the weapon? Is the planet really haunted? Who are the Eyeless? And what will happen if they get to the weapon before the Doctor?

The Doctor has a fight on his hands. And this time he's all on his own.


The Story Of Martha by Dan Abnett, with David Roden, Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis, Robert Shearman, and Simon Jowett

For a year, while the Master ruled over Earth, Martha Jones travelled the world telling people stories about the Doctor. She told people of how the Doctor has saved them before, and how he will save them again.

This is that story. It tells of Martha's travels from her arrival on Earth as the Toclafane attacked and decimated the population through to her return to Britain to face the Master. It tells how she spread the word and told people about the Doctor. The story of how she survived that terrible year.

But it's more than that. This is also a collection of the stories she tells - the stories of adventures she had with the Doctor that we haven't heard about before. The stories that inspired and saved the world . . .

Featuring the Doctor and Donna.
Burn Gorman in Oliver!
People
June 4, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Torchwood star Burn Gorman has been confirmed in the role of Bill Sikes in the upcoming West End production of Lionel Bart's Oliver!. Torchwood guest star Julian Bleach will also be appearing, as Mr Sowerberry.

Fagin is being played by Rowan Atkinson, who portrayed the Doctor in the 1999 Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death, which was written by Steven Moffat.

Adding to the Torchwood element of the musical, John Barrowman was on the panel of judges for the BBC One show I'd Do Anything, which led to the selection of Jodie Prenger as Sikes's lover, Nancy.

Previews of Oliver!, which is being staged at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, begin on December 12. The opening night is January 14, 2009.

Thanks to Silent Hunter. Additional reporting by John Bowman.
Doctor Who Adventures - 67
PressClips
June 4, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Run from the shadows.

Stay out of the dark and look out for this week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures. You can't miss it. It's bright green and there's a skeleton on the cover!

There is everything you need to prepare you for this Saturday's scary episode, Forest of the Dead.
Crammed with creature features, you can also find out about the natural Ood in the monster fact file.
There is a cool new game for you to play, too. Can you get to the other side of the board before the Vespiform catches up with you!

This issue comes with a free Bannakaffalatta notebook, pen and stickers of the cheeky cyborg.

PLUS

  • Four posters: The Fires of Pompeii, Forest of the Dead and Judoon and the Doctor and Martha.

  • Tales from the TARDIS:Watch out for a big explosion at the end of The Poison Sky!

  • Quiz: Test your knowledge on Silence in the Library.

  • Secrets: How the Doctor’s daughter cartwheeled to safety!

  • Doctor's Data: All about bad boy Luke Rattigan.

  • Comic strip: Part two of Continuity Cap– the world’s gone mad for the Doctor and Donna!

  • Time Teasers:Spooky Shadows, Parallel Picture and more!

  • Who knows!:How many hearts does the Master have and how did the Family control the Scarecrows?


Doctor Who Adventures issue 67, is out across the United Kingdom on Thursday 5 June.
Fans flock to Shakespeare
People
June 3, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Tickets are selling fast for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet staring David Tennant in the title role and Patrick Stewart as Claudius.

The season, which runs from 24 July until 15 November 2008, at the Courtyard Theatre, is almost sold out before rehearsals have even begun. The website seatchoice.com reports that the show is the fourth hottest ticket in the United Kingdom, beating West End blockbusters such as Hairspray.

Hamlet is penciled in for a London run following the season in Stratford.

David Tennant discussed his role in the production with Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2 last Saturday. The interview can be heard on a Podcast and on the Radio iPlayer. The interview contains spoilers for the 2008 Christmas episode.

Tennant will also be a guest on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 8th June.

Thanks to Daniel Smith


Torchwood Series Three - Just Five Episodes?
Torchwood
June 2, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
TV Guide is reporting that John Barrowman has been signed up for Torchwood Series Three - which may only be five episodes long.

The site quotes co-executive producer Julie Gardner as saying: "We've decided to do a five-part mini-series, one big story that will run during one week."

However, more episodes may be given the go-ahead, says the report, which adds that the series will begin filming in August for transmission on BBC1 next spring.

Thanks to Darren Bevan and TardisKid.
Silence in the Library - AI and Digital Ratings
Broadcasting
June 2, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Episode eight of series four, Silence in the Library, was the most appreciated programme on any of the four main channels on Saturday with an Appreciation Index of 89. It was the highest score for series four and equal to the highest score for the programme for all time.

Sunday's highest rating was 5.4 million, so Doctor Who is still the 28th most watched programme of the week. This position is likely to rise when corrected figures, including numbers for those recording the programme, are released by BARB in 9 days time. A top twenty place is just possible but unlikely.

Some of the viewers who went missing on Saturday turned up to watch Sunday's BBC3 repeat which got an overnight audience of 1.14 million, nearly double the audience for the repeat of Episode 7. It was a 5.6% share of the audience and the most watched programme on all multi-channel TV for Sunday, comfortably ahead of the repeat of Britain's got Talent.

Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.52 million viewers. The programme, which had a share of 2.7 %, was the 3rd most watched on multi-channel television on Saturday. The Sunday repeat got 0.60 million viewers and was 10th in the chart.
Silence in the Library - Overnight Ratings
Broadcasting
June 1, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who suffered at the hands of the ITV1 hit Britain's Got Talent with unofficial figures showing that episode eight of Series Four, Silence in the Library, was watched by 5.4 million viewers, giving it a 25.4% share of the total television audience.

Britain's Got Talent got 11 million viewers for the main show, with the results programme getting a massive 13.1 million. Doctor Who was only the 5th most watched programme for the day and the second highest rated programme on BBC1. For the first time since the series returned in 2005, the programme did not win its timeslot.

The programme is currently the 28th most watched of the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in ten days time.
Shearman nominated for Awards
People
June 1, 2008  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
After winning a Sony award for The Chain Gang, his serial for BBC7, Robert Shearman (DALEK, The Chimes of Midnight) has been nominated for two major awards for his short story collection Tiny Deaths.

He's on the shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, awarded in July, one of the highest honors in the UK for single author collections. Last year's nominees included Neil Gaiman.

Tiny Deaths is also longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, the highest prize in the world for the form, which will be announced in September. Press releases for both make great mention of Shearman's work on Doctor Who, and his dealings with Daleks!
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column Posted
May 31, 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 31, 2008 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Agyeman Cast In Survivors
Broadcasting
May 31, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
Freema Agyeman is to star in the BBC's remake of the Terry Nation series Survivors.

According to the BBC Press Office, filming for the action adventure drama is currently taking place in Manchester and will continue until September for an autumn 2008 transmission on BBC One.

The Doctor Who and Torchwood star is playing the role of primary school teacher Jenny Collins.

The original BBC show ran for three series from 1975 to 1977 and the remake reimagines some of the original characters. Based on the character synopsis, it seems likely that Agyeman's role is a reimagining of the character of Jenny Richards (originally played by Lucy Fleming).

Also appearing in it are Shaun Dingwall, who played Rose Tyler's father, Pete, and the parallel-universe Pete Tyler, as well as Paterson Joseph, who portrayed Rodrick in Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways.

BBC Drama Productions acquired the rights to develop the series from the Terry Nation estate last year. The writer and co-executive producer is Adrian Hodges, who wrote the screenplays for The Ruby In The Smoke and The Shadow In The North, both of which starred Billie Piper.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Agyeman had secured the role of Tattycoram in the BBC's television adaptation of Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens, which is also to be broadcast on BBC One this autumn.
Moffat speaks to Big Issue Scotland
PressClips
May 31, 2008  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
Steven Moffat has given his first full-length interview since being announced as the next lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who to the new issue of Big Issue Scotland, the weekly magazine sold by the homeless in Scotland.

In the interview, Moffat admits that he had to think hard about whether to accept the role, comparing his replacing Russell T Davies with fellow Scot Gordon Brown succeeding Tony Blair as Prime Minister.

"You wouldn't immediately say yes to that job. You imagine that you would say yes immediately, but it's a huge job and you have to think about it," he tells the magazine. "I was kind of the other contender, which puts me sort of in the position of Gordon Brown. And look how that turned out. The surly Scot comes in and it all goes to ******."

The full interview is available in Big Issue Scotland, on sale now across Scotland.
Classic Era Items Up For Auction
Miscellaneous
May 29, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
Two items from the 1980s era of Doctor Who are to be auctioned at the Knightsbridge branch of Bonhams next month.

A moulded and painted foam baby Tyrannosaurus rex in a jar from the 1985 Colin Baker story The Mark of the Rani carries an estimate of 600 to 800 pounds.

The lot originally came from the collection of the late producer John Nathan-Turner.

Also going under the hammer in the entertainment memorabilia sale on June 18 is a Dalek guard costume from the Peter Davison adventure Resurrection of the Daleks.

This particular lot has 'Rula Lenska' plus a measurement inscribed in ballpoint on the neck and comes with a moulded weapon plus background paperwork, including a copy of a note by Lenska, who played Styles in the 1984 story, and a signed photo (of whom is unclear but a good guess would be Lenska).

The estimate placed on the costume is 800 to 1,200 pounds.
Piper Talks About Coming Back
General TV Series News
May 29, 2008  •  Posted By Brigadier Bill
In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, reported on the BBC NEWS website, Billie Piper talks about her return to Series Four of Doctor Who. Check out the link for more info but it does contain some minor spoilers.

"I wouldn't have missed this for anything," the 25-year-old told Doctor Who Magazine.

"It means so much to me, this show, and so do the people that make it, so I really wanted to be here for these final episodes."
Doctor Who Magazine 396
PressClips
May 29, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
ROSE TYLER IS BACK

In this months Doctor Who Magazine actress Billie Piper talks about her imminent return to Doctor Who and how Rose's character has developed. "She's changed. She's hardened. She's been through a lot in her parallel world. I think she's been through emotional turmoil. She's quite sad and lonely, but also really bolshy and, that great quality that Rose has, just so headstrong and single-minded."

Billie promises another healthy quota of tear-jerking, heart-rending moments in this year's finale. Are those sorts of scenes as exhausting to perform as the technically-complex effects sequences? "It's just a different kind of intensity, but equally as intense, because you really have to focus. You're imagining things, seeing things, that aren't there. That takes a lot of concentration. But this series will make you cry. That’s a promise."

ALSO THIS ISSUE:

  • DWM talks to The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton about his role in the much-anticipated Doctor Who story, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.

  • Previews of the forthcoming Series Four episodes – Midnight and Turn Left – featuring new and previously unpublished photos

  • Russell T Davies talks candidly to DWM readers about his latest trip to the BAFTA awards and meeting an acting legend in Production Notes.

  • Who's best? UNIT or the Sontarans? There was only one way to find out. FIGHT! DWM was there to file an exclusive report on the epic battle.

  • Whodunnit? And why – and how? DWM investigates the mysterious happenings at Eddison Hall with a behind-the-scenes look at The Unicorn and the Wasp, featuring excusive interviews with the cast and crew.

  • The Doctor and Donna encounter Zombies and Sycorax in Part Two of the latest, full colour, comic strip adventure, The Widow’s Curse.

  • Who are the great 'unsung heroes' of Doctor Who? Discover the surprising answers in You Are Not Alone!

  • Actor Joe Dempsie, star of The Doctor's Daughter, reveals all on love, war and, er, kissing a Hath.

  • It's the end of the series and Davros is back! Find out what happened when the Time Team watched 1985’s Revelation of the Daleks.

  • Which story do fans most want out on DVD? Discover the answer, and much more, as the results of the DWM merchandise poll are finally revealed.

  • PLUS all the latest news, exclusive photos, reviews, previews, competitions… and a double-sided poster.

Doctor Who Adventures 66
PressClips
May 28, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
The scariest scares so far

This week's Doctor Who Adventures magazine is full of monster shocks as it looks back at the most frightening moments from the series so far.

The Doctor and Donna encounter danger in the dark in the first part of Steven Moffat's chilling adventure Silence in the Library this Saturday. ReThere is a sneak preview inside.

This issue comes with free stickers, four badges and either a Sontaran or a Heavenly Host mask.

Plus:

  • Four posters: Daleks, the Sontarans' faceless clone, the Doctor and Donna in the snowy Ood Sphere, and Cobb, Cline and Peck.

  • Tales from the TARDIS: There's double trouble for Martha in The Sontaran Stratagem.

  • Make: A Sontaran helmet.

  • Quiz: How well do you remember eps 1-7?

  • Secrets: Discover how supermum Sylvia really saved Wilf with that axe.

  • Doctor's Data: All you need to know about horrible, hairless Halpen.

  • Comic strip: Part one of The Continuity Cap, trouble for the Doctor and Donna in an alternate reality.

  • Time Teasers: Help Agatha solve a mystery and work out who has become Oodkind.

  • Who knows! How did the Beast get control of the Ood and how did the Time Lords build the TARDIS?

  • Win: A huge stash of Doctor Who goodies in the monster competition!

Series Four in Canada
Broadcasting
May 28, 2008  •  Posted By Mike Doran
The Doctor Who Information Network has reported that Series Four of Doctor Who will debut on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on September 19th, 2008. The information comes from sources at the CBC.

Doctor Who will air on Friday evenings at 9pm. This was previously the time slot for Torchwood during the Autumn of 2007. The last two series of Doctor Who have aired on Monday nights at 8pm.
Series Four in Australia
Broadcasting
May 28, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
ABC have revealed the start date of Series Four in Australia.

According to a reply on their message board, the series will start on ABC1 on Sunday 29th June with Voyage of the Damned. The rest of the series follow, starting on the following Sunday.

Thanks to Tim Bass and Josh Rendall
Unicorn and the Wasp - Final Ratings
Broadcasting
May 28, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Final figures released by BARB give episode Seven of Series Four, The Unicorn and the Wasp, an official rating of 8.41 million viewers.

The programme was the 7th most watched for the week on British Television and the 2nd most watched on BBC Television. It got higher ratings than three editions of EastEnders.

Helped by the later timeslot, the figure is a million higher than the previous week and nearly two million higher than The Poison Sky. The reach of the programme, which includes all repeat showings and iPlayer downloads, is back above 10 million for the first time since The Fires of Pompeii.

On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 0.82 million viewers and was the 10th most watched programme on multi-channel for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.69 million viewers making it the 20th most watched multi-channel programme.

Full ratings data, including data for iPlayer downloads can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.
Top Programmes w/e 18 May 2008

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 9.78 - ITV1
2 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 2000) - 9.11 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 9.07 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 9.05 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 8.99 - ITV1
6 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 8.76 - BBC1
7 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1858) - 8.41 - BBC1
8 EASTENDERS (FRI 1958) - 8.06 - BBC1
9 FILM: INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (SUN 2002 - 7.53 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (THU 1930) - 7.17 - BBC1
11 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.11 - BBC1
12 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 6.97 - ITV1
13 CASUALTY (SAT 2136) - 6.83 - BBC1
14 WAKING THE DEAD (MON 2101) - 6.69 - BBC1
15 I'D DO ANYTHING (SUN 1931) - 6.66 - BBC1
16 EMMERDALE (THU 1900) - 6.51 - ITV1
17 WAKING THE DEAD (TUE 2100) - 6.50 - BBC1
18 CORONATION STREET (WED 1859) - 6.44 - ITV1
19 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 6.37 - BBC1
20 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 6.36 - ITV1

Top Multi Channel Programmes w/e 18 May 2008

1 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 1,378,000 - BBC3      
2 HEROES (Thu 2230) 1,364,000 - BBC3      
3 GLADIATORS (Sun 1800) 1,257,000 - Sky One   
4 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 1,149,000 - BBC3      
5 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (Sun 1959) 962,000 - ITV2      
6 FAMILY GUY (Sun 2202) 948,000 - BBC3      
7 LOST (Sun 2102) 922,000 - Sky One   
8 FAMILY GUY (Sun 2223) 862,000 - BBC3      
9 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT AUDITIONS (Sat 2159) 822,000 - ITV2      
10 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 821,000 - BBC3      
11 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1828) 806,000 - Fiver
12 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1828) 801,000 - Fiver
13 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Tue 1930) 794,000 - Sky Sports
14 EASTENDERS (Mon 2202) 792,000 - BBC3      
15 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 790,000 - Fiver
16 BRITAIN'S GOT MORE TALENT AUDITIONS (Sun 2101) 769,000 - ITV2      
17 DONT FORGET THE LYRICS (Sun 1902) 760,000 - Sky One   
18 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1828) 756,000 - Fiver
19 EASTENDERS (Fri 2203) 721,000 - BBC3      
20 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1945) 688,000 - BBC3 

Source BARB
Gaiman to write new Who?
People
May 27, 2008  •  Posted By Jeremy Bement
According to columnist Rich Johnston at Comic Book Resources, Neil Gaiman has already been asked by forthcoming Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat to write an episode of the show in 2010.

Johnston also mentions a couple of rumors flying around that have not yet been comfirmed nor denied. To read the entire article, click here.
Mid Series Trail
Broadcasting
May 24, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
The BBC has released a mid series trail for Doctor Who. The promo, which was first shown on BBC One, is available online via the official Doctor Who Website and on the BBC's YouTube Channel.

For copyright reasons some material may not be available outside the United Kingdom.

The Series returns to BBC One next Saturday at 7pm, with the Steven Moffat episode, Silence In The Library.

Forum discussion may contain spoilers.
This Week in Doctor Who
New Column Posted
May 24, 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 24, 2008 has now been posted. Click here to read it.
Doctor Who Adventures - Faulty Badge
PressClips
May 24, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
BBC Magazines have asked us to alert readers of Doctor Who Adventures of a faulty pin mechanism on the plastic badge cover-mounted on the current issue of the magazine.

While they don't believe the badges pose any serious hazard, they are placing adverts in the national press to alert readers to the problem with this badge, and suggest readers dispose of it, and to offer them an alternative free gift.

In a statement BBC Worldwide said it prides itself on the quality of its cover mounts and all cover mounts are required to pass the relevant EU safety regulation tests before going on sale. They added "The relevant safety and quality tests were carried out on this particular item, so we are obviously taking this matter extremely seriously and are investigating it further with our supplier."
Moffat reaction round-up
PressClips
May 23, 2008  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
The news that Steven Moffat is to replace Russell T Davies as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who has garnered a large amount of media reaction, particularly in the UK. On Tuesday after the news broke the story was even featured on the BBC News television channel, as well as in the hourly bulletin on BBC Radio 2, the most listened to radio station in Britain. The BBC News website also ran an article, which was the main front page feature in their Entertainment section after the news broke on Tuesday.

The story ran in British national daily newspapers, such as The Mirror and The Times, and today The Independent published an opinion piece by Thomas Sutcliffe, bemoaning the fact that Moffat's talents were, like Davies's, to be wasted on a children's programme such as Doctor Who. Industry newspapers such as The Stage, Broadcast and even the Hollywood Reporter in the United States ran articles on the news.

Reaction has not been limited to news sources - blogs have been particularly active in relaying and commenting upon the news. Doctor Who scriptwriter Paul Cornell, celebrated comics writer and novelist Neil Gaiman, writer Warren Ellis and musical comedian Mitch Benn are all amongst the many hundreds to have passed comment on the news in their online journals.
DVD Series 4 - Volume 2
DVD and Video
May 23, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
DoctorWhoNews.com has received a draft version of cover of the forthcoming DVD release of Series 4 Volume 2.

The disc will contain the four stories The Sontaran Stratagem, The Poison Sky, The Doctor's Daughter and The Unicorn and the Wasp.

The disc is due for release in the United Kingdom on 7th July 2008.
Doctor Who Adventures 65
PressClips
May 22, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures issue 65, is out now across the United Kingdom.
Press Release

Freema Agyeman talks about goo and Who!

There’s an interview with Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman in the next issue of Doctor Who Adventures. She talks about what it’s like to be back, new companion Donna, and about all the goo she was covered in for the part of the Martha clone!

What was it like seeing the Doctor with a new companion? "One of the main factors of the show is change so it didn’t feel that strange. I knew I was never going to do it forever and ever. I was just grateful Martha was given a chance. Now it’s Donna’s turn!"

How about her relationship with the Doctor? "She’s slightly outgrown the Doctor, in the sense of that wide-eyedness that she had the first time round! She’s qualified as a doctor now and is working with UNIT. Plus, she’s engaged, so there’s a slightly different dynamic."

Are Sontarans as scary as Daleks? "I think Daleks are really menacing. Maybe because you can’t see their faces. But as soon as the Sontarans take their helmets off, some kids will giggle, as they look a bit like a potato!”

On being covered in goo. "I have to say being out in a freezing quarry and getting in that muddy bog in episode six was easier than doing the gloop scene in episode five! It was definitely my yuckiest ever moment in Doctor Who!

This issue of Doctor Who Adventures comes with a free set of Doctor Who monster rollers plus an Ood dress-up kit – which includes yucky Ood fronds! Perfect for an instant Ood appeal.

Other highlights include:
· Win: Design a Dalek and win a fantastic Dalek voice changer helmet!
· Three cool posters: The Doctor, Donna and Agatha Christie from The Unicorn and the Wasp, Martha, and the buzzing Vespiform.
· Tales from the TARDIS: Trouble with Mr Halpen in Planet of the Ood.
· Activity: Make an Ood orb to go with your Ood fronds! Plus a creepy Hath mask!
· Doctor Who Confidential: How a car splashes into the water in The Sontaran Stratagem.
· Doctor's Data: Fourth Doctor facts.
· Comic strip: Something strange is happening on a farm in a new comic strip adventure called Windswept.
· ALL THIS AND LOADS MORE!
Brain of Morbius Missing Music Restored
DVD and Video
May 22, 2008  •  Posted By John Bowman
The forthcoming DVD release of The Brain of Morbius in the UK will see the story presented as originally transmitted for the first time in more than 30 years, thanks to work by the Restoration Team and, in particular, Mark Ayres.

In an update to the team's website, Steve Roberts tells how they solved the mystery of a short section of incidental music that was there in episode one when the story was broadcast in January 1976 but never made it to subsequent releases, transmissions and even the BBC transmission masters.

The four-part Tom Baker story is due to be released on July 21.

Extras will include:

  • A commentary by Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and Philip Madoc, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director Christopher Barry.

  • A 32-minute feature entitled Getting A Head, in which the making of the story is recalled by the production team and cast.

  • A six-minute feature called Designs on Karn that sees Barry Newbery talk about how he created the planet on which the story is set.

  • A 3D CGI tour of the BBC Television Centre studio in which the adventure was taped, showing how the sets were arranged and built.

    (With thanks to Tony Clark.)
  • Doctor's Daughter - Final Ratings
    Broadcasting
    May 21, 2008  •  Posted By Marcus
    Final figures released by BARB give episode Six of Series Four, The Doctor's Daughter, an official rating of 7.33 million viewers. The programme was the 10th most watched for the week on British Television and the 4th most watched on BBC1. The only programmes to beat it in the ratings were the two big soaps, EastEnders and Coronation Street, and Saturdays Britain's Got Talent.

    On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 0.95 million viewers and was the 10th most watched programme on multichannel for the week.

    Full ratings data, including data for iPlayer downloads can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.
    Top Programmes w/e 11 May 2008

    1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2031) - 10.73 - ITV1    
    2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 10.07 - ITV1      
    3 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 8.99 - ITV1      
    4 EASTENDERS (MON 1959) - 8.92 - BBC1
    5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 8.75 - ITV1      
    6 EASTENDERS (THU 1931) - 8.62 - BBC1
    7 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 8.57 - ITV1      
    8 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 2000) - 8.17 - ITV1      
    9 EASTENDERS (FRI 1959) - 8.16 - BBC1
    10 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1844) - 7.33 - BBC1
    11 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.17 - BBC1
    12 MIDSOMER MURDERS (SUN 2005) - 6.88 - ITV1      
    13 EMMERDALE (MON 1903) - 6.88 - ITV1      
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    Steven Moffat to succeed Davies as Executive Producer
    General TV Series News
    May 20, 2008  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
    The BBC Press Office and various media sources (originally broken by MediaGuardian) have announced that Steven Moffat is to succeed Russell T Davies as the chief writer and executive producer of Doctor Who when it returns for its fifth series.

    The article states that Moffat will replace Davies in 2009, taking over as "showrunner" for the fifth series in 2010. Moffat has been responsible for several episodes of the revived Doctor Who to date, including the BAFTA Award-winning "Blink" and the forthcoming two-parter "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead".

    Davies is quoted as saying: "It's been a delight and an honour working with Steven, and I can't wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!"

    The BBC press release includes a comment from Moffat himself: "My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."

    Moffat will continue as a director on the board of Hartswood Films, which produced Coupling and Jekyll, where he is also working on a new comedy Adam & Eve with wife Sue Vertue.