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New Doctor Who Logo revealed tomorrow
5th October 2009  
New Doctor Who Logo revealed tomorrow
News Dated: 5/10/2009

The BBC will unveil the New Doctor Who Logo tomorrow at 8:00am.

Doctor Who has engaged and amazed a global audience for over forty years, constantly raising the bar and regenerating to deliver new and compelling adventures. It's all change again in 2010 with Matt Smith playing the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan onboard as companion Amy Pond and a brilliant, brand new logo!

On one level, the logo is the iconic image that represents Doctor Who. But it's much more than that - it becomes an icon that is recognised from Cardiff to California, an emblem of excitement, humour, scary monsters, brave companions and the Doctor! And so the new logo must be stylish, fresh, distinctive and bold. Must be. And will be. See for yourself when the BBC reveal it exclusively, on their site at 8am on Tuesday, 6th October!

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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New Doctor Who Logo revealed tomorrow
New Doctor Who Logo revealed tomorrow


Curtis discusses Who episode
16th September 2009  
Curtis discusses Who episode
News Dated: 16/9/2009

Richard Curtis has spoken about his Doctor Who episode, which starts shooting this November.

Speaking to BBC Entertainment News reporter; Lizo Mzimba, via a video on the BBC News website, Curtis confirmed the recent rumours he would be writing for the show and gave the following tidbits of information:

"I can tell you that it's set in the past, that it features somebody famous, that it features something very nasty, and I hope it will be both scary, funny and a bit touching."

When asked what is was like writing for the new Doctor, Matt Smith, Curtis replied:

"Writing Doctor Who is such a joy. I started off, apparantly, over-writing him a little bit, and I had Steven Moffat come to me and say 'he doesn't talk like that - he's informal, he's modern'. So I've crushed it down and added in a few colloquialisms, and it's really fun."

Curtis also confirmed that the story is likely to air in February of next year, hinting that it might be one of the early episodes in the season - possibly episode Two.


[Source: BBC News]

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Curtis discusses Who episode
Curtis discusses Who episode


Richard Curtis to write for Who?
8th September 2009  
Richard Curtis to write for Who?
News Dated: 8/9/2009

Acclaimed British writer, Richard Curtis, is rumoured to be writing for Series Five of Doctor Who.

According to UK tabloid newspaper, The Sun, Richard Curtis is lined up to write for Series Five of Doctor Who.

The much-loved star, who is famous for such TV shows as The Vicar of Dibley and Blackadder, and Films such as Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, is even quoted saying the following:

"There will be a monster. And a famous historical figure will battle the monster. It's tremendously good fun and a treat for my children. These days the things you can watch together as a family are much fewer so when you get something like Doctor Who or The X Factor it is such a pleasure to sit down as a family. Maybe it's a desire to get out of being old. Sometimes you do just love the idea that you could go back in time and change things."

DWO don't usually report rumours, especially when they come from The Sun, but we have had a second source inform us that this news is indeed true.


[Source: The Sun; Doctor Who Online]

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Richard Curtis to write for Who?
Richard Curtis to write for Who?


Tennant & RTD 'Exit Interview'
25th August 2009  
Tennant & RTD 'Exit Interview'
News Dated: 25/8/2009

David Tennant and Russell T. Davies conduct 'exit interview' for Boing Boing.

Our friends over at Boing Boing have sent us details of a brand new 20-minute 'exit interview' with David Tennant and Russell T. Davies.

  Check out the Interview.


[Source: Boing Boing]

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Tennant & RTD 'Exit Interview'
Tennant & RTD 'Exit Interview'


Doctor Who: Dreamland - Update
20th August 2009  
Doctor Who: Dreamland - Update
News Dated: 20/8/2009

The BBC have added a new 'Dreamland' section to follow the animated story's production.

The BBC Doctor Who website has recently undergone a few revamps, and included in the update, is a brand new section to follow the production of the forthcoming Dreamland animated story.

There's a blog, as well as an introductory video featuring Russell T. Davies, and if the homepage banner is anything to go by, the quality of animation looks fantastic!

  Check out the BBC Doctor Who: Dreamland - website.


[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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Doctor Who: Dreamland - Update

Doctor Who: Dreamland - Latest Update

4.16: The Waters of Mars - New Trailer
27th July 2009  
4.16: The Waters of Mars - New Trailer
News Dated: 27/7/2009

The BBC have uploaded a new trailer for 4.16: The Waters of Mars.

Following on from the exclusive airing of a new trailer from 4.16: The Waters of Mars at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, the BBC Doctor Who website have added the trailer to their website.

The 1 minute, 14 second trailer includes unseen footage from the episode, with a chilling climax stating:

"They said I was gonna die. They said he will knock four times and I think I know what that means, and it doesn't mean right here, right now. Cos I don't hear anyone knocking, do you?"


We then hear four loud knocks...

  4.16: The Waters of Mars airs this Autumn on BBC One.


[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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4.16: The Waters of Mars - New Trailer

4.16: The Waters of Mars - New Trailer

BBC confirms villain's return
27th July 2009  
BBC confirms villain's return
News Dated: 27/7/2009

BBC confirms return of popular villain from the Doctor Who universe.

The BBC Doctor Who website has confirmed the return of a popular villain this Christmas for Tennant's two-part finale.

Those wishing to find out who can click on the following link.


[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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4.16: BBC confirms villain's return

BBC confirms villain's return

Comic Con 2009 - Retrospective
27th July 2009  
Comic Con 2009 - Retrospective
News Dated: 27/7/2009

DWO takes a look back at some of the Doctor Who and Torchwood 2009 Comic Con Highlights.

With the news that David Tennant, Russell T. Davies and John Barrowman would all be attending this years San Diego Comic Con, rumours were rife that there was going to be a Movie announcement. Alas, this was not to be the case, but there were a few confirmations and rumour debunking's to please fans.

The Saturday panel started with Russell T. Davies greeting the audience whilst calling the Doctor Who Production office at the same time to rapturous screams. This then lead to Davies introducing John Barrowman and David Tennant, who shared a quick kiss which was highly appreciated by the audience members.

Audience members were then treated to the news that both 4.15: Planet of the Dead and Torchwood: Children of Earth - Episode 5, would get their USA premiere's at the Comic Con.

An 8-minute clip of the panel has to have been uploaded to YouTube.

Sunday's Doctor Who panel kicked off with Julie Gardner stating that there would be an announcement that no announcement would be made about a Doctor Who Movie. Gardner then asked the audience if it was something they wanted, to which the audience gave out a deafening scream. Gardner then replied stating it was something that might be worth doing.

A short while later, a trailer is shown for the Christmas specials, which appear to be titled; The End of Time. The clip included a voiceover from a well-known British actor, followed by clips of The Doctor, and a face from his past. If you want to know more, we won't spoil it for you on the DWO News page, but the DWO Forums can shed more light.

The clip proved so popular with the fans, that the Comic Con staff played it twice!

There then followed a Q&A session, looking at various aspects of Tennant's time on the show as well as the programmes success in the USA. Asked if he had any regrets on the show, Tennant replied stating:

"The one thing I leave the show with a great sadness about is, I didn't get to snog Bernard Cribbins. I got to snog all the other ones..."


There is then a visit from The Guinness Book of Records who present a plaque confirming Doctor Who as the longest-running Science Fiction programme as well as it being the most successful Science Fiction show.

The panel then ended with the trailer for 4.16: The Waters of Mars.
* This trailer has now been added to the BBC Doctor Who website.

Sunday's Torchwood panel, was met with boos and jeering from the crowd in reaction to the death of one of the main characters in Torchwood: Children of Earth. One fan even confronted Russell T. Davies stating that he has 'hurt' a lot of fans by killing off the character, to which Davies replies:

"I'm immensely sorry if people are sad, but I'm not changing my mind. I've got to be blunt about this, there have been campaigns to send packets of coffee to BBC Wales in protest. There have been nine packets sent. I'm not taking the mickey, but that's a very small number."

** Pictures from the 2009 San Diego Comic Con will be added to this article later today.

[Source: Doctor Who Online; W. Shaun Pennington]

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Comic Con 2009 - Retrospective

Comic Con 2009 - Retrospective

New TARDIS & Sonic Screwdriver Props
22nd July 2009  
New TARDIS & Sonic Screwdriver Props
News Dated: 22/7/2009

New TARDIS and Sonic Screwdriver Props unveiled.

As filming continues on Series Five of Doctor Who, many online sites are starting to publish various pictures from the set. Although the majority of these pictures contain spoilers, and as we are a spoiler-free site, we can show you the new TARDIS and Sonic Screwdriver props (pictured).

As you can see, the TARDIS is now painted with a brighter and more vivid blue, with extra detailing on the panelling due to the new High Definition filming process. There is also the re-addition of the St.John's Ambulance logo on the right door panel - last seen during the Hartnell era of Doctor Who. In fact, some fans on the DWO Forums are already discussing the fact that the TARDIS itself seems to be a replica of the Hartnell-era Police Box, as seen in the 1960's.

The new Sonic Screwdriver is a complete redesign, with copper, white and black handle colouring and appears to now hold a blue crystal in the tip. Whether this represents a possible new TARDIS interior remains to be seen, but viewers will have a little longer to wait as Series Five will not air until Spring 2010.

In the meantime, we will be covering all the latest news, publicity pictures, casting news and press releases associated with Series Five, but will not be reporting spoilers relating to plots / characters.

Since 2007, Doctor Who Online has been spoiler-free, and we will remain so out of respect for the New Series production team, as well as for our visitors who wish to steer clear of spoilers.

[Sources: Doctor Who Online; Blogter Who; Adrian Smith]

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The new Sonic Screwdriver prop

The new Sonic Screwdriver prop

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The 11th Doctor - Filming Begins
20th July 2009  
The 11th Doctor - Filming Begins
News Dated: 20/7/2009

Filming begins on Series Five of Doctor Who.

Cardiff, 20 July 2009:
Production started today on the new series of Doctor Who in which viewers will meet the Eleventh Doctor and his companion for the very first time.

The latest incarnation of the iconic character is played by Matt Smith (Party Animals). Upon arriving on set in Cardiff, for his first day of filming, Smith commented:

“I feel very privileged and proud to be part of this iconic show. The scripts are brilliant and working alongside Karen, Steven and the rest of the crew is an inspiration because their work ethic and passion for the show is so admirable. I’m excited about the future and all the brilliant adventures I get to go on as the Doctor.”

Accompanying The Doctor on his further adventures in time is a new companion, Amy Pond, played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan (The Kevin Bishop Show) who will first meet The Doctor in episode one of the new series.

New showrunner and long-running Doctor Who fan Steven Moffat has developed this series and, as Lead Writer and Executive Producer, will be responsible for the overall creative direction of the show, as well as plot and character arcs. Moffat’s previous episodes of Doctor Who, including the BAFTA-winning episode Blink, have garnered widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.

About the series Moffat commented:

“And here it is, the big moment - the new Doctor, and his new best friend. And here's me, with the job I wanted since I was seven. 40 years to here! If I could go back in time and tell that little boy that one day all this would happen, he'd scream, call for his Mum and I'd be talking to you now from a prison cell in 1969. So probably best not then. Matt and Karen are going to be incredible, and Doctor Who is going to come alive on Saturday nights in a whole new way - and best of all, somewhere out there, a seven-year-old is going to see them, fall in love, and start making a forty year plan...”

Piers Wenger, Executive Producer and Head of Drama, BBC Wales added:

“The scripts for the new series are every bit as funny, thrilling, scary and imaginative as you’d expect from the man who brought us The Empty Child and Blink. There’s a strange and perfect alchemy between Steven and Matt Smith and the next few months are going to be riveting as that relationship starts to emerge on screen. Steven always says he’s been waiting to do this job since he was seven. But it’s actually the Doctor who has been waiting for him.”

The new series follows on from three Doctor Who specials starring David Tennant which will transmit later this year.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says:

"I am thrilled that a whole new generation of children will forever say that their Doctor was the wonderful Matt Smith."

The series was co-commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning for BBC One and Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One and will be produced by Tracie Simpson (Doctor Who) and Peter Bennett (Torchwood). Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer (Jekyll) with Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales and Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes), also Executive Producing.

Filming is taking place in Cardiff until March 2010.


[Source: Premier PR]

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The 11th Doctor & Amy Pond in costume

The 11th Doctor - Filming Begins

 


BBC's international success with Doctor Who
14th July 2009  
BBC's international success with Doctor Who
News Dated: 14/7/2009

BBC publishes 2008/2009 Annual Review in which Doctor Who proves financial success.

Doctor Who has proven to be an international financial success with the BBC, according to the details published in their 2008/2009 Annual Review.

The show has also been listed in the BBC's top five programme brands sold internationally:

1. Top Gear
2. Robin Hood
3. Doctor Who
4. Primeval
5. Spooks

Other findings in the review showed that Doctor Who was the #1 imported script series on KBS2 Korea in 2008.

Doctor Who and Torchwood both achieved DVD sales of over 50,000 units each respectively.

[Source: Doctor Who Online; BBC Worldwide]

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BBC's international success with Doctor Who

BBC's international success with Doctor Who

4.16: The Waters of Mars - Preview Pictures & Promo Clip
9th July 2009  
4.16: The Waters of Mars - Preview Pictures & Promo Clip
News Dated: 9/7/2009

New preview pictures and promo clip for 4.16: The Waters of Mars, unveiled.

The BBC Press Office have released two preview pictures and a promotional clip for the Autumn Doctor Who Special; 4.16: The Waters of Mars.

David Tennant returns as The Doctor in The Waters of Mars, the second of four Doctor Who specials being screened on BBC One this year. He is joined by his cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet, Adelaide Brooke, played by acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan.

Adelaide is head of Mars Base and doesn't take kindly to an uninvited appearance by The Doctor. Peter O'Brien, star of Neighbours, Flying Doctors and Casualty, also guest stars as Ed, Adelaide's second in command.

Further casting confirms Alan Ruscoe as Andy Stone (pictured).

The Waters of Mars is written by Russell T. Davies and Phil Ford and is directed by Graeme Harper.

  Click Here to view a 52-second clip from 4.16: The Waters of Mars.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

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4.16: The Waters of Mars - Promo Pic #1

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4.16: The Waters of Mars - Preview Pictures & Promo Clip

 


New Companion announced!
29th May 2009  
New Companion announced!
News Dated: 29/5/2009

Doctor Who unveils new companion for 11th Time Lord!

The BBC today revealed that the companion for the forthcoming series of Doctor Who will be Karen Gillan.

Twenty-one-year-old Gillan will star alongside new Time Lord, Matt Smith, when the smash hit drama returns to BBC One in spring 2010.

With filming due to begin this summer, Gillan beat off dozens of hopefuls to land one of television's most coveted roles.

Gillan said: "I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor's new companion. The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can't quite believe I am going to be a part of it.

"Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him – I just can't wait to get started!"

Lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, added: "We saw some amazing actresses for this part, but when Karen came through the door the game was up. Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it. A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too."

Executive Producer and Head of Drama BBC Wales, Piers Wenger, said: "We knew Karen was perfect for the role the moment we saw her. She brought an energy and excitement to the part that was just fantastic. And when she auditioned alongside Matt we knew we had something special. It is a partnership that is ready to take on the universe!"

The new series of Doctor Who comes to BBC One, Spring 2010.

** Gillan is no stranger to the world of Doctor Who having played a Soothsayer in 4.2: The Fires of Pompeii.


[Source: BBC Press Office]

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New Companion announced!

 


BBC Films developing Who Movie script
26th May 2009  
BBC Films developing Who Movie script
News Dated: 26/5/2009

BBC Films are reportedly developing a Doctor Who Movie script.

BBC Entertainment reporter, and self-confessed Doctor Who fan; Lizo Mzimba, has recently tweeted on his Twitter page that BBC Films have confirmed a Doctor Who Movie script:

"BBC Films have confirmed a Dr Who film script is in development. But IF it does go into full production that's likely to be some time away.

So, to be clear, it's not guaranteed a Dr Who movie will be made. All BBC Films are doing is developing a script, before making a decision."


[Source: Lizo Mzimba]

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BBC Films developing Who Movie script

 


Hannah Murray NOT new companion
28th April 2009  
Hannah Murray NOT new companion
News Dated: 28/4/2009

Hannah Murray denies Doctor Who companion rumours.

BBC Entertainment reporter, and self-confessed Doctor Who fan; Lizo Mzimba, recently spoke to Skins star; Hannah Murray regarding the recent rumours that she has been cast as the 11th Doctor's companion.

According to Murray, "it was something I could never consider cos I'm doing a degree at the moment". She then added that the new companion was "definitely not" her.

[Source: Lizo Mzimba]

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Hannah Murray NOT new companion

 


Planet of the Dead - Final BARB Ratings
23rd April 2009  
Planet of the Dead - Final BARB Ratings
News Dated: 23/4/2009

The Final BARB Ratings are in for 4.15: Planet of the Dead.

The BBC One showing of the story achieved a total of 9.54m viewers, making it the 5th most-watched programme on British TV for the week.

The BBC HD showing of the story achieved a final total of 205,000 viewers.

4.15: Planet of the Dead achieved an Appreciation Index rating of 88.


[Source: Andy Parish]

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Planet of the Dead - Final BARB Ratings

 


New Producers announced
15th April 2009  
New Producers announced
News Dated: 15/4/2009

BBC Wales announces new Doctor Who Producers.

BBC Wales has announced three key appointments to its flagship production Doctor Who as the new series starring the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, prepares for shooting.

Tracie Simpson (producer of Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead) and Peter Bennett (producer of the forthcoming Torchwood series) have been appointed as producers on the multi-award winning BBC One show.

Beth Willis, producer of the hugely popular and award-winning BBC drama series Ashes To Ashes, will join new Lead Writer Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger as an executive producer.

Willis will work closely with Bennett and Simpson – both veterans of the BBC One drama – on the day-to-day running of the new series as part of her executive role. She will combine her role on Doctor Who with work across a range of other BBC Wales dramas.

The appointment of the new team marks the start of a new chapter in the life of the series. Pre-production begins next month with shooting due to get underway later in the summer in and around the Cardiff area.

Doctor Who Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat said: "Beth and Tracie and Pete aren't the A Team, they're the people the A Team call. Tracie and Pete are the backstage stars of Doctor Who and having them on board as producers isn't just the best possible news for Matt Smith's first series, it's a massive relief.

"And Beth Willis, fresh from the brilliant Ashes To Ashes, is joining Piers and I as an executive so finally there'll be someone to wear the trousers."

BBC Wales Head of Drama Piers Wenger said: "Having Beth, Pete and Tracie on board is nothing short of thrilling. In their time on the show, Tracie and Pete have worked miracles. Joining forces with a talent like Beth will ensure that Doctor Who remains one of the most exciting and, frankly, formidable production teams around."

[Source: BBC Press Office]

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New Producers announced

 


Planet of the Dead - Overnight Ratings
12th April 2009  
Planet of the Dead - Overnight Ratings
News Dated: 12/4/2009

The Overnight Ratings are in for 4.15: Planet of the Dead.

The BBC One showing of the story achieved a total of 8.4m viewers, with an audience share of 39.6%.

The BBC HD showing of the story achieved a total of 184,000 viewers, with an audience share of 1%.

Doctor Who was the most watched programme for BBC One, and the 2nd most watched on all TV channels after Britain's Got Talent, which achieved 10.5m viewers.

The final BARB rating will follow in 10 days time.


[Source: Andy Parish]

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Planet of the Dead - Overnight Ratings

 


Planet of the Dead - Tonight!
11th April 2009  
Planet of the Dead - Tonight!
News Dated: 11/4/2009

The first Doctor Who Special of 2009 airs Tonight on BBC One.

The wait is finally over for Doctor Who fans up and down the country tonight as the first 2009 Doctor Who Special; Planet of the Dead, airs on BBC One, at 6:45pm.

DWO
visitors can log on to the DWO Forums after the episode has aired, to rate and discuss the adventure.

Visitors will also be treated to a brand new VORTEXTRA, where they can take part in interactivity, quizzes, view facts and much more.

DWO will be posting the overnight ratings for Planet of the Dead tomorrow, just after 10:00am.


[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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Planet of the Dead - Tonight!

 


4.16: The Waters of Mars?
7th April 2009  
4.16: The Waters of Mars?
News Dated: 7/4/2009

Total TV Guide Magazine states title of the Autumn Doctor Who Special.

Although it is by no means official confirmation, the latest issue of Total TV Guide Magazine, appears to state the title of the Autumn Doctor Who Special as The Waters of Mars.

The magazine, which sports a Planet of the Dead cover, also takes a look at some of the rumours surrounding the remaining 10th Doctor episodes, as well as rumours surrounding Matt Smith's first season.

  Total TV Guide, is out now priced £1.00.


[Source: Total TV Guide]

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4.16: The Waters of Mars?

 

 


RTD 'Time Out' Interview
7th April 2009  
RTD 'Time Out' Interview
News Dated: 7/4/2009

Russell T. Davies gives an exclusive interview in the latest issue of Time Out Magazine.

Outgoing Doctor Who Executive Producer; Russell T. Davies, has given an exclusive interview in the latest Time Out (London) Magazine.

In the interview, Russell discusses the end of the 10th Doctor, internet rumours and filming issues for the Easter Special; Planet of the Dead.

  Click Here to read the full interview.


[Source: Time Out]

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RTD 'Time Out' Interview

 


Tennant & RTD Interviewed
7th April 2009  
Tennant & RTD Interviewed
News Dated: 7/4/2009

David Tennant and Russell T. Davies interviewed in The Times.

In a lengthy interview with The Times newspaper, The 10th Doctor; David Tennant and outgoing Executive Producer; Russell T. Davies, discuss their decision to leave Doctor Who.

There's also some information regarding this year's Easter Special; Planet of the Dead.

  Click Here to read the full interview.


[Source: The Times]

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Planet of the Dead - Trailer on Wednesday

 

James Strong Interviewed
7th April 2009  
James Strong Interviewed
News Dated: 7/4/2009

Doctor Who Director; James Strong interviewed on Digital Spy.

Doctor Who Director; James Strong, is interviewed on the Digital Spy site, regarding the latest Doctor Who story; Planet of the Dead, which hits our screens this Easter Saturday on BBC One at 6:45pm.

  Click Here to read the full interview.


[Source: Digital Spy]

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James Strong Interviewed

 


Planet of the Dead - Trailer on SFX website
1st April 2009  
Planet of the Dead - Trailer on SFX website
News Dated: 1/4/2009

SFX Magazine have a trailer available to view on their website for Planet of the Dead.

SFX Magazine, seem to have bagged an exclusive airing of the Planet of the Dead trailer, which can now be seen via their website.

Another trailer is expected to air on BBC One tonight at 9:00pm just before The Apprentice.


Planet Of The Dead features David Tennant as the Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina and Lee Evans as Malcolm. It is written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.

[Source: SFX Magazine]

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Planet of the Dead - Trailer on SFX website

 


Planet of the Dead - Trailer on Wednesday
30th March 2009  
Planet of the Dead - Trailer on Wednsday
News Dated: 30/3/2009

The first televised Trailer for Planet of the Dead will air this Wednesday.

According to BBC Entertainment news correspondant (and Doctor Who fan); Lizo Mzimba, via his Twitter page, BBC One will air the first televised trailer for Planet of the Dead this Wednesday at 9:00pm, just before The Apprentice.

Planet Of The Dead features David Tennant as the Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina and Lee Evans as Malcolm. It is written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.

[Source: Lizo Mzimba]

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Planet of the Dead - Trailer on Wednesday

 


Planet of the Dead - Airdate / Synopsis
26th March 2009  
Planet of the Dead - Airdate / Synopsis
News Dated: 26/3/2009

The BBC Press Office have confirmed the airdate and synopsis for 4.15: Planet of the Dead.

According to the programme information page for Week 15, the episode will air on Easter Saturday with the Time to be Confirmed.

The page also gives the synopsis for the episode:

When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina, in this one-off seasonal special. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. And time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer.

Planet Of The Dead features David Tennant as the Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina and Lee Evans as Malcolm. It is written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

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4.15: Planet of the Dead - Synopsis

 


The Tennant Tapes - Tape #4  
19th March 2009  
The Tennant Tapes - Tape #4
News Dated: 19/3/2009

David Tennant's fourth behind-the-scence video is now online.

David Tennant has recorded a fourth Video Diary entry following the production of 4.15: Planet of the Dead.

The video can be viewed via the BBCi Doctor Who website.


[Source: BBCi Doctor Who website]

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The Tennant Tapes - Tape #4

 


Lindsay Duncan to star in 4.16  
19th February 2009  
Lindsay Duncan to star in 4.16
News Dated: 19/2/2009

Lindsay Duncan to star in second Doctor Who Special of 2009.

The BBC has confirmed that acclaimed actress, Lindsay Duncan will guest star in the second Doctor Who special of 2009.

Lindsay is best known for her roles across stage and screen, including Shooting the Past and GBH and is soon to star as Margaret Thatcher in the highly anticipated BBC Two drama, Margaret. In Doctor Who she will play Adelaide - the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet.

Lindsay commented: “I’m thrilled to be involved in Doctor Who. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m really looking forward to working with David Tennant and the Doctor Who team.”

Lindsay joins David Tennant as he continues his role as The Doctor in the second instalment of the four Doctor Who Specials to be screened throughout 2009, which will follow Planet of the Dead, due to air this Easter on BBC One.

Executive Producer and writer Russell T Davies said: “Lindsay is an incredibly talented actress and I’ve been an admirer of her work for some time. We are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team and playing the Doctor’s most strong-minded companion yet.”

The second episode is written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford. It is due to go into production in Spring 2009 and will be screened on BBC One later this year.

The Producer is Nikki Wilson; Executive Producers are Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Wales and is filmed in Cardiff.


[Source: Taylor Herring]

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The Tennant Tapes - Tape 2  
16th February 2009  
The Tennant Tapes - Tape 2
News Dated: 16/2/2009

David Tennant's second behind-the-scence video, now online.

David Tennant has recorded a second Video Diary entry following the production of 4.15: Planet of the Dead.

The video can be viewed via the BBCi Doctor Who website.


[Source: BBCi Doctor Who website]

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The Doctor arrives in the Arabian Gulf  
13th February 2009  
The Doctor arrives in the Arabian Gulf
News Dated: 13/2/2009

The Doctor arrives in the Arabian Gulf for 4.15: Planet of the Dead.


The BBC has confirmed that part of the forthcoming Doctor Who Easter special will be filmed in Dubai.

Planet of the Dead, which stars David Tennant as the Doctor alongside Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans, began filming in January in Cardiff and the team will be descending upon the Arabian Gulf later this month to film further scenes for the episode.

Bionic Woman and Merlin star Michelle Ryan plays the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza who joins the Doctor on a bus-trip which takes a very unexpected detour into danger. British comedy star Lee Evans also joins the cast playing a character called Malcolm whose life becomes connected to the Doctor’s under extraordinary circumstances and Noma Dumezweni returns as Captain Erisa Magambo - last seen helping Rose and Donna save the world in Turn Left.

Producer Tracie Simpson comments ‘We rarely take Doctor Who abroad although we did visit Rome for series four’s ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ which gave us some spectacular footage. The locations in Dubai are a perfect match for writer Russell T Davies’s vision of the episode and we expect to film some incredible scenes while we are here’.

Planet of the Dead is the first of four Doctor Who Specials which will air in 2009. Written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, the episode is will be screened on BBC One in Spring 2009.

[Source: Taylor Herring]

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Doctor Who to be filmed in HD  
4th February 2009  
Doctor Who to be filmed in HD
News Dated: 4/2/2009

The 2009 Doctor Who specials are to be filmed in High Definition, it has been confirmed.

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#405) confirms that the 2009 Doctor Who specials (including 4.15: Planet of the Dead), are all to be filmed in High Definition.

At this stage it is still not clear if Series Five will also be filmed in HD, although it seems quite likely.

  Doctor Who Magazine - Issue #405 is released on Thursday 5th February 2009, priced £3.99.


[Source: Doctor Who Magazine - Issue #405]

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Tennant's new Video Diary  
29th January 2009  
Tennant's new Video Diary
News Dated: 29/1/2009

David Tennant records new Video Diary for 4.15: Planet of the Dead.

David Tennant has recorded a new Video Diary to follow the production of 4.15: Planet of the Dead.

The video can be viewed via the BBCi Doctor Who website.


[Source: BBCi Doctor Who website]

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Tennant's new Video Diary

 


Planet of the broken Bus  
29th January 2009  
Planet of the broken Bus
News Dated: 29/1/2009

Doctor Who Easter Special Bus problems lead to script re-writes.

Doctor Who writers were forced to change the script for the show's Easter special after a double-decker bus was damaged ahead of filming in Dubai.

Planet of the Dead's plot sends David Tennant's Doctor and guest star Michelle Ryan on a dangerous bus trip.

One bus is being used for filming scenes in Cardiff, but the top deck of the second vehicle was damaged as it arrived in Dubai.

A spokeswoman said that shooting was "continuing as normal".

Parts of the script by executive producer Russell T Davies and co-writer Gareth Roberts had to be changed as a result of the damage.

Planet of the Dead is the first of four Doctor Who specials, which will bring to an end David Tennant's spell as the Time Lord.

Ex-EastEnder and Bionic Woman Ryan plays Lady Christina de Souza, a woman with a mysterious past who Davies says will have a "huge impact" on the Doctor.

Comedian Lee Evans is also on board for the episode but further details of the plot are being kept secret.


[Source: BBC News]

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4.15: Planet of the Dead - Cast Announcement  
23rd January 2009  
4.15: Planet of the Dead - Cast Announcement
News Dated: 23/1/2009

Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans to star in first Doctor Who Special of 2009

The BBC has confirmed that Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans will guest star in the forthcoming Doctor Who Easter Special which began filming this week in Wales.

Michelle, best known for her roles as Zoe Slater in EastEnders, and Jaime Sommers in the recent remake of Bionic Woman, will play the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza in the special episode entitled Planet of the Dead. Christina joins the Doctor on a bus-trip which takes a very unexpected detour into danger.

Michelle comments: “I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who and very excited to be joining David Tennant and the Doctor Who team. It is such a fantastic show and I can’t wait to get started!”

One of Britain’s best loved and biggest comedy stars, Lee Evans, will also be joining the cast playing a character called Malcolm, whose life becomes connected to the Doctor’s under extraordinary circumstances.

Planet of the Dead is the first of four Doctor Who Specials which will air in 2009. Michelle joins David Tennant as he continues his role as The Doctor, and Noma Dumezweni who returns as Captain Erisa Magambo - last seen helping Rose and Donna save the world in Turn Left.

Executive Producer and writer Russell T Davies comments ‘Michelle is one of the most sought after young actors in the country and we are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team. As always the script is being kept strictly under wraps however we can reveal that Lady Christina is a woman with a mysterious past who's going to have a huge impact on the Doctor!

Planet of the Dead, written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, is currently in production and will be screened on BBC One in Spring 2008.

The Producer is Tracie Simpson; Executive Producers are Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Wales and is filmed in Cardiff.


[Source: Taylor Herring]

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The Next Doctor - Final BARB Ratings  
9th January 2009  
The Next Doctor - Final BARB Ratings
News Dated: 9/1/2009

The Final BARB Ratings are in for 4.14: The Next Doctor.

The story achieved a total of 13.10m viewers, with an audience share of 50.5%, making it the 2nd most-watched programme on Christmas Day.


[Source: Andy Parish]

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Matt Smith is The 11th Doctor  
3rd January 2009  
Matt Smith is The 11th Doctor
News Dated: 3/1/2009

The BBC have confirmed that Matt Smith will take over as The Doctor in 2010.

The BBC confirmed the casting during a special episode of Doctor Who Confidential, which aired at 5:35pm on BBC One. Matt's casting now means he is the youngest actor ever to play The Doctor.

The BBC Doctor Who site, have an extended version of the video interview seen in Doctor Who Confidential.

The DWO team would like to congratulate Matt on getting the part, and wish him great success!

Below are 2 official promotional images to promote Matt's casting:

   

   


[Source: BBC]

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The 11th Doctor - announced tomorrow  
2nd January 2009  
The 11th Doctor - announced tomorrow
News Dated: 2/1/2009

BBC to announce identity of The 11th Doctor tomorrow.

The BBC has issued a press release stating that the identity of The 11th Doctor will be announced in a special episode of Doctor Who Confidential, airing tomorrow at 5:35pm on BBC One.

DWO will report further after the announcement.


[Source: BBC Press Office]

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The Next Doctor - more promo pics  
24th December 2008  
The Next Doctor - more promo pics
News Dated: 24/12/2008

DWO have received some more Promotional pictures from 4.14: The Next Doctor.

Below we have some more Promotional pictures from this years Doctor Who Christmas Special; 4.14: The Next Doctor.

   

   


[Source: BBC Pictures]

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The Next Doctor - promo pics  
13th December 2008  
The Next Doctor - promo pics
News Dated: 13/12/2008

DWO have received some Promotional pictures from 4.14: The Next Doctor.

Below we have a selection of Promotional pictures from this years Doctor Who Christmas Special; 4.14: The Next Doctor.

           

           


[Source: BBC Pictures]

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