Welcome to Tardis Point News. This blog is no longer running, as I started watching Parks and Recreation and am still mourning over the cancellation of Eureka. Don't stop watching Doctor Who though, which is and always will be the best TV show ever.
A Christmas Carol aired at Christmas, at 6:00pm, and BARB has released the unofficial overnight ratings, as 10.3 million. An approximate 9 million watched it on BBC One, while another 1.3 million watched it on BBC HD. It had 39.8% of the total audience, and was the second highest rated of the day, behind EastEnders. 207,000 watched Doctor Who Confidential, on BBC Three, an hour later. The official ratings will be released in around a weeks time, which usually is a much higher figure.
The last of the four free downloadable Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, Shadows of the Vashta Nerada is available to download now in the UK. Click >>here<<
The Doctor and Amy discover a sub-aquatic base that's been attacked by a sea monster from another world, but its crew are living in fear of something else - a voracious horror that hides in their shadows. The Vashta Nerada.
This is your chance to be the Doctor. Are you ready for the challenge?
SFX has released 20 teasers for the next Doctor Who, airing this Christmas. Click here to read more.
The episode is a tour de force for Matt Smith. Amy and Rory are pretty much sidelined as Smith explodes like a force of nature from the screen. He is magnificent
It’s fantasy, through and through. It’s a Christmas whimsy that pays mere lip service to science fiction. This is Moffat’s vision of the show as a dark fairy tale taken further than ever before. We’re predicting some people will have a problem with this. Your enjoyment may be in relation to your ability to suspend disbelief
Two articles of clothing from the Doctor’s past make cameo appearances
There’s an unexpected continuity reference to the Tom Baker story “Pyramids Of Mars”
The Doctor is asked for some advice that he cannot give
The Doctor gets married
Katherine can act. You might be worried about a singer who’s never acted before taking on such a major role, but she’s really very good.
There are more witty, quotable lines per minute than ever before
Some of the FX are outstanding, but a couple are, well, shall we just say… over-ambitious
The production design is stunning
It’s not the most action-packed of Christmas special. There are some great, exciting set pieces, but mostly it’s a character piece
Michael Gambon is, of course, amazing.
The names in the opening titles are all Christmas-ed up
It’s fish and ships for Christmas!
It’s very, very, very Christmassy, and quite emotional
There’s a trailer for next season at the end (roll over for spoilery info:the Utah shoot looks incredible, we think we spotted an Ood, and there is a mention of Jammy Dodgers!)
Two of the Doctor’s trusted aides aren't quite so reliable
Parents may hope that children won’t ask them to explain one gag
The final shot would make a good Christmas card
The Doctor has one major costume change (other than ones involving putting Father Christmas hats)
The BBC Three schedule has released information about the next Doctor Who Confidential, which will be on 7:00pm on BBC Three, next Saturday after Doctor Who. There is also a preview of the episode. Click here to read more. Unless the title of the episode is 'Christmas Special 2010', they have not yet released the title.
All the behind-the-scenes merriment of a good old-fashioned Doctor Who Christmas. Meet the Doctor and his companions as they set Cardiff alight and go backstage with the stars of the Dickensian Christmas Special. Michael Gambon talks of swapping his wizard's wand for a taste of the Doctor's time-travelling magic and Katherine Jenkins waxes lyrical about her acting debut. Plus interviews with Matt Smith, Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins and Steven Moffat.
The American actor Mekhi Phifer, best known for roles in ER and Lie To Me, as well as numerous Music videos, has been reported to be cast as CIA Agent Rex Matheson in the new series of Torchwood. Click here to read more, on Deadline. The official Torchwood Facebook page also has revealed that the series will premier on the 1st July, in both the UK and the US.
The outer and inner covers for Doctor Who Magazine, issue 429 has been released on Facebook. Click here to see the outer cover. It costs £4.99 and will be out on Thursday 16th December.
The new Doctor Who Magazine from Panini features an exclusive preview of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. The Doctor himself, Matt Smith tells DWM about guest star Michael Gambon: “Michael is a naughty man, a naughty actor,” Matt laughs. “He’s hugely interesting, everyone on set could have listened to his stories all day!” Find out more in DWM 429, out in shops 16 December – with three bonus art cards! – price £4.99.
Day 4 of the official Doctor Who Adventure Calendar has released a series of new promotional images, available to download as desktop wallpapers. Click here. Den of Geek has also posted some new images.
The Doctor Who Advent Calendar, over at the official site has today released the full video (in parts) of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill turning on the Cardiff Christmas Lights (Coldplay!) on the 10th of November, and Matt Smith hinted the new series in 2011 could start "I think it is the second week of April", which would be 9th April if on the usual Saturday..
The BBC have revealed information about the fourth and final episode of The Adventure Games on Day Two of the BBC Doctor Who Adventure Calendar. It is called 'Shadows of the Vashta Nerada' and will be available to download in the UK at Christmas. The game is set in the "sea-bed colony called Poseidon", under water. The BBC also posted a new wallpaper of the episode, from the link above.
Shadows of the Vashta Nerada will be released simultaneously on PC and Mac and available for no extra cost to UK households. Users outside the UK will be able to purchase and download it - we'll have more details about this nearer the release.
The game was written by Phil Ford (City of the Daleks, Torchwood) and executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden (BBC Wales, Interactive), alongside Charles Cecil.
BARB has released the official figures for parts 1 and 2 of Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith, aired on CBBC on the 15th and 15th of November. Part 1 attracted 0.81 million viewers, while part 2 attracted 0.82 million.
Like last year (which you can see on the links down near the bottom), Tardis Point will have an Advent Calendar from Wednesday, 1st of December to Saturday 25th to countdown to Christmas Day and A Christmas Carol, with "home-made" treats throughout. Click the link above to visit the page. Please take a look!
Visual Effects company The Mill won an award for 'Craft and Design' in digital effects from the Royal Television Society for their work on the Doctor Who episode The Pandorica Opens. Click here and here to read more.
“The judges were impressed by some beautifully integrated effects and by green screen. ‘This is about as good as it gets on TV’ they said.”
Edward Thomas was nominated for The Pandorica Opens in Production Design for a drama, but unfortunately lost out to Jacqueline Abrahams for 'Wallander II: The Fifth Woman'
BARB has released the official figures for parts 1 and 2 of Lost in Time, aired on CBBC on the 8th and 9th of November. Part 1 attracted 0.984 million viewers, while part 2 attracted 0.684 million. The fifth episode of Sarah Jane's Alien Files, aired after part 1, 0.488 million viewers.
The BBC Press Office has released the synopsis for A Christmas Carol, on BBC One and BBC HD at Christmas. Read below.
Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written by Steven Moffat. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?
Amy Pond is played by Karen Gillan, Rory Williams by Arthur Darvill, The Doctor by Matt Smith and Kazran Sardick by Michael Gambon.
Doctor Who is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.
BARB has released the official figures for parts 1 and 2 of The Empty Planet, aired on CBBC on the 18th and 19th of October. The story broadcast the week before, Death of the Doctor topped the CBBC channel as the highest rated programme, and this week part 1 of The Empty Planet has done the same. Part 1 attracted 0.993 million viewers, while part 2 attracted 0.808 million. The second episode of Sarah Jane's Alien Files, aired after part 1, 0.493 million viewers.
The inner 'Soap Opera Special' cover for Doctor Who Magazine, issue 428 has been released on Facebook. Click here to see the outer cover. It costs £4.20 and will be out on Thursday 18th November.
It features a double sided poster, a look at the future of Amy and Rory, Doctor Who guest Soap Actor stars, why Doctor Who is actually the greatest soap opera ever, Dimensions in Time look at Doctor Who meets EastEnders, series 6 news, a new comic strip, Production Notes, Gallifrey Guardian, Public Image, Galaxy Forum, Reviews, and The Wheel of Fortune, and more.
Part 1 of the sixth story of The Sarah Jane Adventures, series 4, Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith was broadcast yesterday at 5:15 on CBBC. A trailer for the next episode, Part 2 was shown. It will broadcast tomorrow on CBBC at 5:15. You can watch the trailer below:
The outer cover for Doctor Who Magazine, issue 428 has been released on Facebook. It costs £4.20 and will be out on Thursday 18th November. It features a double sided a poster of a classic Dalek and a classic Cyberman, the inner cover will be released later this week with more details.
The BBC official Doctor Who site has revealed the title of this years Christmas Special to be 'A Christmas Carol'. Don't forget to watch the preview of the episode on this Friday's Children in Need, on BBC One. Click here to read more.
A Christmas Carol reunites Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill and guest stars Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Singing Detective) and Katherine Jenkins. Right now we don't know much about the special, but earlier in the year, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, confirmed, 'Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And ... oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything!'
Part 2 of the fourth story of The Sarah Jane Adventures, series 4, Lost in Time was broadcast today at 5:15 on CBBC. A trailer for the next episode, Part 1 of Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith was shown. It will broadcast next Monday on CBBC at 5:15. You can watch the trailer below:
BARB has released the official figures for parts 1 and 2 of Death of the Doctor, aired on CBBC on the 26th and 27th of October. They both attracted record breaking viewing figures for the CBBC channel. Part 1 attracted 0.92 million viewers, while part 2 attracted 0.96 million. The second episode of Sarah Jane's Alien Files, aired after part 1, 0.388 million viewers.
I keep forgetting when I post these, but this is my 800th post! 136 days since my 700th, quite a bit longer than that of 600-700 but kind of average-slow for each 100 since the start. More on that through the links to 700. I'd like to thank Vortex who said back on my 400th "I look forward to the next 400!" Well here it is! Here's to the next 800!!
Part 1 of the fifth story of The Sarah Jane Adventures, series 4, Lost in Time was broadcast yesterday at 5:15 on CBBC. A trailer for the next episode, Part 2 was shown. It will broadcast today on CBBC at 5:15. You can watch the trailer below:
2 new scenes, filmed especially for the series 5 Doctor Who box set, out tomorrow (RRP £69.99) can now be seen. They are filmed as scenes between The Eleventh Hour and The Beast Below, and between Flesh and Stone and The Vampires of Venice. Watch below.
Collider has had an exclusive interview with Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, on the next series of Torchwood. A few small new details have been mentioned.
"The ambition is to shoot in Los Angeles, but that is yet to be confirmed. Any place can double up as a number of places. There will be scenes set in Washington, certainly, but we won’t go to Washington to shoot."
"Torchwood will have been off-air for two years, so I think it will feel like two years have passed," he explained. "The script isn't that specific about it, but I think that two-year gap feels right."
Click here to read the full interview. Torchwood: The New World will air next Summer.
BARB has released the official figures for parts 1 and 2 of The Vault of Secrets, aired on CBBC on the 18th and 19th of October. Part 1 attracted 0.731 millionviewers, while part 2 attracted 0.606 million. The second episode of Sarah Jane's Alien Files, aired after part 1, 0.420 million viewers. The 2 parts of The Vault of Secrets was repeated on BBC One, with the overnight figures 0.420 million for Part One and 0.31 million for Part two.
Part 2 of the fourth story of The Sarah Jane Adventures, series 4, The Empty Planet was broadcast today at 5:15 on CBBC. A trailer for the next episode, Part 1 of Lost in Time was shown. It will broadcast next Monday on CBBC at 5:15. You can watch the trailer below:
Part 1 of the fourth story of The Sarah Jane Adventures, series 4, The Empty Planet was broadcast today at 5:15 on CBBC. A trailer for the next episode, Part 2 was shown. It will broadcast tomorrow on CBBC at 5:15. You can watch the trailer below:
The BBC have a new story on the Doctor Who website called 'The Night After Hallowe'en'. The prologue and Part 1 of the story has been released, and the story will continue with another part on Wednesday and the finale of the story on Bonfire Night, this Friday. It is written by Mark B. Oliver, who also wrote The Advent of Fear for last years Adventure Calendar.
The BBC Press Office has released the synopsis for the last story of series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Part 1 and Part 2 of Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith will be on CBBC on the 15th and 16th of November, at 5:15pm - 5:45pm. Click here.
Sarah Jane faces her saddest day, as she realises that no one can defend the Earth forever, as the alien-busting adventure series concludes. She's saved the world so many times but must now hand over the task to safer hands. Clyde and Rani are distraught, and the forces of darkness gather as the inevitable day approaches.
Sarah Jane has gone – but a new regime begins at Bannerman Road! Clyde and Rani must face the fact that nothing lasts for ever – but can they still unite as a team, to face a new and deadly threat from Outer Space? Or is the old gang finished for good?
Sarah Jane is played by Elisabeth Sladen, Clyde by Daniel Anthony and Rani by Anjli Mohindra.
This two-part adventure is repeated on BBC One at 4.30pm on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November.
The cover for Torchwood Magazine Issue 24 has been released by Titan on their Torchwood Magazine Facebook page. You can see the Torchwood Magazine's official site, within the Titan site, here. It is out now for £3.99.
BBC's Children in Need will yet again feature a clip from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special. Click here for the press release for the 2010 Children in Need, which will be on the 17th November at 7pm on BBC One and BBC HD.
The 2010 BAFTA Kids' Vote has The Sarah Jane Adventures nominated for the TV category. Each category has 10 nominations and there are 4 separate categories; TV, Film, Games and Web. You can visit the BAFTA Kids' Vote website, here. Follow the link to vote for your favourites. Voting closes at 6pm on Friday the 26rd November.