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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Series 5, Volume 4 DVD

The cover art and information for Volume 4 of the Doctor Who Series 5 DVD, and information for Blu-Ray edition is available. They are due to be released on the 6th of September, with the RRP £15.99 and £19.99. They feature the episodes 'Vincent and the Doctor', 'The Lodger', and 'The Pandorica Opens', 'The Big Bang' and a bonus feature 'The Monster Files', and exclusive Top Trump cards. Thanks to Blogtor Who for the cover of the DVD.


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Friday, 30 July 2010

Steve North in Christmas Special

Steve North has been confirmed on his page on Spotlight for a part in the 2010 Christmas Special. See here. He will play the part of "Older Benjamin" in Doctor Who, this Christmas.

Thanks to Blink for the news :D

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Monday, 26 July 2010

Doctor Who Proms 2010

The Doctor Who Proms was on in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, then again on Sunday. It was available to listen live on BBC Radio 3, and you can listen to the Saturday event again on iPlayer, here(part 1) and here(part 2). Read more about it on the website, and there are some images of the events.


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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Torchwood Series 4 News

SFX has posted an interview with Russell T Davies, about the next series of Torchwood, which has been revealed to be 1 story of 10 parts. Issue 199 of SFX Magazine will feature more news about the series, out Wednesday 28th July.


So, did you always know you’d be doing more Torchwood?

“Well it was always possible. I remember when Children Of Earth launched, you always get asked, ‘Is this is the end or will it continue?’ and there’s no true answer to that because you’re always in a state of suspension – if it ends, it ends and if it carries on, it carries on. It’s too soon to give away the story, but I’ve always had this story in mind, and the whole existence of season four will make sense once you know what the story is. I’d already moved out here, and it’d sort of been half in development, and then once those viewing figures came in it went into proper development. Actually, Jane Tranter [head of BBC Worldwide's American arm] planned this more than I ever did. For many years she was going to move out here and do this job, and she’s always wanted dramas that could move onto that sort of scale and be funded in this way, so it all fitted with her plan really – it all just sort of naturally fell into place. And if no-one had ever bought it I’d now be telling you it was naturally dead!”

So tell us about the co-production deal – this is a very different way of doing things.

“It’s a new model for the future, of BBC Worldwide actually becoming a production partner and making stuff for themselves. Their big thing in America is Dancing With The Stars, which is the American Strictly Come Dancing. They sell that format all over the world, but they actually make that for American television and it’s hugely successful, more successful than Strictly is – this year it overtook American Idol for the first time ever. So that’s part of building up a production base here, of taking British ideas – and new ideas – and making them on a worldwide scale. It’s a really good ambition, I think, and it’s going to have to be the case more and more. If you look at things like Dickens adaptations and Cranford, they haven’t been able to afford themselves for decades – they’re all made with money from Boston and stuff like that. Co-partner funding has been the future for decades now.”



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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Doctor Who Companion Compendium Book

Details and cover for Doctor Who: Companion Compendium book has been released. It is published by BBC Books and is due to be released on 7th October for the RRP of £6.99. It is in hardback and has 160 pages

A Doctor Who trivia treasure trove of essential facts, space-time stats and all kinds of exciting alien information! Find out the Doctor’s final words as each of his incarnations, learn alien battle cries and how to identify different types of star, as well as discovering all the Doctor’s previous companions and how to tie a bow tie! A must-have miscellany of all things Doctor Who!


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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Torchwood Series 4 Casting and Characters

Digital Spy has released 3 new characters and the actors for series 4 of Torchwood. They reveal that the new series will "introduce new regular Rex Matheson, a "CIA agent born to make waves" with a "wicked" sense of humour.", and "The show will also introduce two new recurring characters - Oswald Jones, a convicted murderer and paedophile, and Esther Katusi, a young CIA agent "who learns what she’s really made of only when she’s forced to". "

Series star John Barrowman recently revealed that he is "ecstatic" about the fourth series of Torchwood, while his co-star Eve Myles admitted that she is "nervous" about filming in America.

The new episodes are expected to air on Starz in the US and on BBC One in the UK next summer.

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Secrets of the TARDIS Book

The cover and details for Secrets of the TARDIS book has been revealed. It features a Sonic Screwdriver and is published by BBC Books. It is due to be released on the 7th October, for the RRP of £14.99. It has 208 pages and you can click here and here to see previews of some pages inside, thanks to Penguin.

A fantastic Doctor Who giftbook with its very own exclusive sonic screwdriver encased in the book. Based on the new BBC One series of Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Shine the exclusive sonic screwdriver light into the TARDIS Database to reveal secret facts and messages hidden within its pages. The ultra-violet light on the sonic screwdriver reveals extra information in invisible ink. With facts and stats on one hundred and seventy aliens, planets and people across the universe, this is an invaluable guide for anyone travelling through time and space!


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Monday, 12 July 2010

2010 Christmas Special Press Release

The BBC Press Office has released the Press Release for this years Doctor Who Christmas Special. It states that filming for the special starts today, and confirms that Sir Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins. It stars the current cast of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. Steven Moffat is the lead writer and executive producer, with Piers Wenger and Beth Willis also as executive producers.

About the series, lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, commented: "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. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically."

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, said: "Matt Smith and Karen Gillan captivated audiences in their debut series and Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year with special guest stars Sir Michael Gambon and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins joining Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!"

Click here to read the press release.

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Saturday, 10 July 2010

The Big Bang Official Ratings (BBC One & BBC HD)

BARB has released the official figures for The Big Bang. The BBC HD ratings were 0.58 million, in addition to the previously reported 6.12 million watching on BBC One, which makes 6.7 million in total. It had 36.9% share of the total television audience, and has had 1.32 million watching on iPlayer.

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Friday, 9 July 2010

TARDIS Quiz - Post Your Answers Here

Due to some damn problems on the contact form for submission for the TARDIS Quiz, I've moved it here, just post your answers as a comment to the post. The questions will still be on TARDIS Point, which you can see on the big button at the bottom of the banner. Plus, this way I figured more people will see the quiz so more entries, hopefully. Your comment post will not be visible until the quiz is over, on the 23rd. Rules and junk are on the wix site.

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Thursday, 8 July 2010

Doctor Who Books Coming Soon - Updated

The official annual 2011 of Doctor Who is due to be released on the 5th of August, published by Penguin and BBC Books for the RRP of £7.99. It is 96 pages, and you can read the synopsis below:

Featuring the full first series of Matt Smith starring as the Eleventh Doctor, in BBC One's hit television show, Doctor Who! With original comic strips and an exciting new story, as well as puzzles and features on all your favourite episodes, characters and aliens. The Official Doctor Who Annual 2011 is a must for any fan and a true collector's item!


Next, 'The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011' written by Clayton Hickman is due to be out on the 30th of September, this year, and has 128 pages. It's RRP is £12.99.

Update - It is now just called 'Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2011', and the cover has been updated.

Celebrate the rebirth of the UK's number one family drama series with this lavish hardback, containing everything you need to know about the Eleventh Doctor’s first year.

Explore Amy Pond’s home village, Leadworth, read a lost section from Churchill's memoirs that covers his adventures with the Doctor, and learn all about the legend of the Weeping Angels. See how the Doctor's costume evolved, how the monsters are made and discover the trade secrets of writing a thrilling Doctor Who script. Plus interviews with all of the key players and a few secret celebrity guests…

Including contributions from executive producer Steven Moffat, stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, and scriptwriters Mark Gatiss and Gareth Roberts, among others, and packed with beautiful original illustrations and never-before-seen pictures, The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who is the ultimate companion to the world's most successful science fiction series



Finally, the graphic novel 'The Only Good Dalek', written by Justin Richards and Mike Collins, is due to be out 16th September for the RRP of £16.99. It has 128 pages and is published by Random House UK.

Update - there is a cover and synopsis, and a preview from the BBC, published on Ebury Publishing, here.

Station 7 is the most secret establishment in the whole of Earth-Space. Even our own people don’t know it exists. It’s beyond top secret. There’s no way the Daleks can ever find it.

Station 7 is where the Earth Forces send all the equipment captured in their unceasing war against the Daleks. It’s where Dalek technology is analysed and examined. It’s where the Doctor and Amy have just arrived. But somehow the Daleks have found out about Station 7 – and there’s something there that they want back.

With the Doctor increasingly worried about the direction the Station’s research is taking, the commander of Station 7 knows he has only one possible, desperate, defence. Because the last terrible secret of Station 7 is that they don’t only store captured Dalek technology. It’s also a prison. And the only thing that might stop a Dalek is another Dalek…

An epic, full-colour graphic novel featuring the Doctor and Amy, as played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.



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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Doctor Who Magazine 424

The cover for Doctor Who Magazine, issue 424 has been released on Facebook. It costs £4.20 and will be out on Thursday 22th July.




It features behind the scenes of The Big Bang, an interview with Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory Williams, an interview with Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric, companion to the 4th and 5th Doctors, a look at 'The War Machines' in The Fact of Fiction, a new comic, 'Planet Bollywood!' by Jonathan Morris and Roger Lagridge, plus Production Notes, Gallifrey Guardian, Public Image, Galaxy Forum, Reviews, and The Wheel of Fortune.

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Monday, 5 July 2010

The Big Bang BBC One Official Ratings

BARB has released the official figures for the BBC One broadcast of The Big Bang. It had the official figure of 6.12 million viewers on BBC One, with the BBC HD figures yet to be released, it was the 9th most watched of the week.

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Friday, 2 July 2010

The Pandorica Opens Official Ratings

BARB has released the official figures for The Pandorica Opens. It had the official figure of 6.94 million viewers on BBC One, with an additional 0.635 million people watched it on BBC HD making the total 7.57 million. It had 37% of the total television audience and was the 9th most watched of the week. The official figures for Doctor Who Confidential for BBC Three and BBC HD was 0.85 million.

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