Two tickets to the BAFTA TV Awards to be wonBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
BAFTA has launched a competition in which somebody can win two tickets to this year's TV Awards by submitting a caption for a photo that includes a Dalek.

As reported earlier this month, An Adventure In Space and Time - the BBC Two drama by Mark Gatiss centring on the genesis of Doctor Who - is in the running for the title of Best Single Drama at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, while the 50th-anniversary special The Day of the Doctor is up for the Radio Times Audience Award, with the winner of the latter to be decided by a public vote. The victors will be revealed on the BAFTA website, its Facebook page and Twitter feed as they are announced, while exclusive footage will be available on BAFTA's YouTube channel, with the ceremony also being shown on BBC One.

The awards are being held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on Sunday 18th May, and for your chance to win two tickets to the star-studded event, simply submit to BAFTA a witty and inventive caption for the picture below, which shows a Dalek behind food writer and broadcaster Mary Berry at last year's TV awards ceremony, held at the Royal Festival Hall.

Picture: BAFTA/Jonny Birch. Reproduced with the permission of BAFTA.

Entries can be tweeted to BAFTA using the hashtag #BAFTAComp or sent in via its Facebook page or via the comments section on the competition announcement page.

The deadline is midday BST on Tuesday 29th April, and all entrants must be aged 18 or above. The full terms and conditions are available here.

Meanwhile, votes for the Radio Times Audience Award can be cast via the voting page. The deadline is midday BST on Thursday 15th May. A valid e-mail address must be given for the vote to count, and only one vote per person is allowed. Duplicate votes from the same person will not be counted.




2014 Hugo NominationsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 20 April 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Hugo AwardsDoctor Who dominates the nominations for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Programme in the 2014 Hugo Awards.

Not only are the two episodes The Day of the Doctor and The Name of the Doctor nominated, but so is the docu-drama based on the origins of the show, An Adventure in Space and Time, and the spoof anniversary drama featuring Doctors 5, 6, 7 and 8, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

Doctor Who's head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said:
For Doctor Who to receive three Hugo nominations in its anniversary year is completely thrilling. We are all over the moon. I'm particularly pleased about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as that was my acting debut. I remain available for any parts requiring a black jumper and slightly unrealistic hair.
Nominations Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
  • An Adventure in Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: "The Day of the Doctor", written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: "The Name of the Doctor", written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Televison)
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, written & directed by Peter Davison (BBC Television)
  • Game of Thrones: "The Rains of Castamere", written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • Orphan Black: "Variations under Domestication" written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)
Doctor Who has been nominated for a Hugo most years since the series returned in 2005. Previous winners include Neil Gaiman for The Doctor's Wife, Steven Moffat for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, and The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and Russell T Davies and Phil Ford for The Waters of Mars. Last year, despite being nominated for three episodes, the show lost out to Game of Thrones when the awards were announced.

Also nominated this year is Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It, edited by Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Thomas and published by Mad Norwegian Press, in the Best Related Work category, while The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton, has been nominated for Best Graphic Novel.

Also nominated, in the Best Fancast category, is the podcast Verity!, named after Doctor Who's first producer and billed as Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who. The podcast is the first Doctor Who podcast to be nominated for the award. The producers told Doctor Who News: "We are thrilled to be nominated for our work during the anniversary year."

The 2014 awards will be presented at Loncon 3 - the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention - to be held at ExCeL in London between Thursday 14th and Monday 18th August, with the awards themselves being presented on Sunday 17th August.




German Blu-ray release for An Adventure in Space and TimeBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Polyband, the German media distributor for Doctor Who, have announced the release of Ein Abenteuer in Raum und Zeit, aka An Adventure in Space and Time, on Blu-ray for the end of July.

The release marks the first time the high definition format of the 50th Anniversary drama will be available in Europe, and will feature both the English and an exclusive German language soundtrack made especially for this release - the drama did not air in Germany itself.

The set is also expected to include all of the special features present on the North American version, which is due to be released in May.

A press release was issued for announcement, tying into this week's BAFTA nomination for the drama.

(with thanks to Pascal Salzmann)





BAFTA Nominations 2014Bookmark and Share

Monday, 7 April 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The drama based on the origins of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, has been nominated for an award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

The Mark Gatiss story, is up for Best Single Drama in the main television awards, the winners of which will be announced Sunday 18 May 2014. Doctor Who itself is up for an audience award, with the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor being nominated in the category where the winner is voted for by the British Public. Voting in now open and can be done via the Radio Times Website.

Doctor Who and An Adventure in Space and Time, have also been nominated in the 2014 BAFTA craft awards, the winner of which will be announced on Sunday 27 April.




Doctor Who Nominated for BAFTA Craft AwardBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 March 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who has been nominated for a 2014 BAFTA Craft award.

The Day Of The Doctor has been nominated for Special, Visual and Graphic Effects with the nomination going to Milk VFX, Real SFX and The Model Unit for their work on the story.

Doctor Who has been nominated in the same category for the last seven years, but has lost out on each occasion. This year the full nominees are
    Television Craft | Special, Visual & Graphic Effects in 2014
  • David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D
  • ZooFido
  • Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor
  • Milk VFX|Real SFX|The Model Unit
  • Micro Monsters with David Attenborough: Predator
  • Robert HollingworthJonathan Watts
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Blue BoltRushes
Danny Hargreaves of Real SFX said on twitter
Screaming with excitement as I've just found out that my team and I are nominated for a BAFTA for #DoctorWho. A big thank you to the Fans who have always supported us.
The drama set during the making to the first years of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time is also nominated in three categories, for Costume Design, Make Up and Hair Design and in Editing Fiction.
    Television Craft | Costume Design in 2014
  • An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Suzanne Cave
  • Da Vinci's Demons
  • Annie Symons
  • Downton Abbey
  • Caroline McCall
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane
  • Lucinda Wright
    Television Craft | Make Up And Hair Design in 2014
  • An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Vickie Lang
  • Burton and Taylor
  • Lucy Cain
  • Da Vinci's Demons
  • Jacqueline Fowler
  • Death Comes to Pemberley
  • Loz Schiavo
    Television Craft | Editing - Fiction in 2014
  • An Adventure in Space and Time
  • Philip Kloss
  • Broadchurch (Ep 8)
  • Mike Jones
  • The Fall
  • Steve Singleton
  • Top of the Lake (Ep 6)
  • Alexandre De Franceschi


Also earning a nomination this year is Doctor Who at the Proms 2013 which is nominated on the Entertainment Craft Team award.
    Television Craft | Entertainment Craft Team in 2014
  • Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Production Team
  • Doctor Who at the Proms 2013
  • Bernie Davis, Eryl Ellis, Huw Thomas, Keith Ware
  • Dynamo: Magician Impossible
  • Alex Hartman, Saul Gittens, Dan Evans, Amer Iqba
  • Top Gear
  • James Hart, Dan James, Andy Hodges
The winners will be announced on Sunday 27 April 2014




Three-disc Region 1 Blu-ray release of An Adventure In Space And Time announcedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 March 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A three-disc Blu-ray edition of the drama An Adventure In Space And Time is to be released for Region 1 territories on Tuesday 27th May.

The 90-minute special - which tells the story of Doctor Who's genesis - was made for BBC Two as part of the 50th-anniversary celebrations. Written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Terry McDonough, it stars David Bradley as William Hartnell, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert, Brian Cox as Sydney Newman and Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein.

The first disc will be the Blu-ray of the drama, while the second disc will be a DVD containing the pilot episode of Doctor Who plus the four episodes comprising the first story, An Unearthly Child, and disc three will be a DVD of An Adventure In Space And Time.

The disc one contents have been listed by Blu-ray.com as follows:

Disc 1: An Adventure In Space And Time Blu-ray
  • Feature film presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround
  • The Making of An Adventure in Space and Time
  • William Hartnell: The Original
  • Regeneration: Doctors 1, 2 and 3, Re-cast
  • Reconstruction: Four Sequences
  • Farewell: David Bradley
  • Christmas Greeting: David Bradley
  • Titles Sequence
  • Deleted Scene: Delia Derbyshire
It is not known as yet if a Region 2 Blu-ray release of the drama has been scheduled.

The Region 1 Blu-ray is available for pre-order.

The trailer for the drama and a behind-the-scenes video can be watched below:






An Adventure In Space And Time soundtrack previews releasedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 15 February 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A selection of preview clips from the forthcoming soundtrack release of An Adventure In Space And Time has been made available by BBC Worldwide.

The score, written by Edmund Butt, was performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London, and Mark Gatiss, who wrote the BBC Two 50th-anniversary drama about the genesis of the programme, has said:
Making Adventure was a wonderful experience. The whole team were absolutely dedicated to the project, going the extra mile (or parsec) to create that smoggy early '60s world where so much seemed (and was) suddenly possible. And none more so than Edmund Butt whose gorgeous score is one of the highlights of the film. I've been completely overwhelmed by the response to the film. It was a very special project from the outset and I know Ed's soundtrack will continue to thrill and delight for, well, the rest of space and time.
The 25-track disc, which will be released on the Silva Screen label on Monday 3rd March, can be pre-ordered, and excerpts from five of the tracks are available to listen to below.

I've Got An Idea - Drama boss Sydney Newman explains about the programme to producer Verity Lambert.



What Dimension? - Verity Lambert sees designer Peter Brachacki's rapidly-cobbled-together vision of the TARDIS control room in model form.



The Daleks - The soon-to-be-iconic monsters make their dramatic first appearance.



This Is My Show - The start of William Hartnell's decline in health, with the actor beginning to suffer from memory loss. This piece - a version of earlier track The Right Man (not previewed) - accompanies the scene where Hartnell leaves the set while giving a speech.



The New Doctor - Patrick Troughton is on set to take over the lead role, and as the regeneration scene is set up William Hartnell notices a young man with a warm smile looking back at him across the TARDIS console room . . .






An Adventure in Space and Time: soundtrack albumBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Silva Screen have announced the track listing and release date for Edmund Butt's score from the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

An Adventure in Space and Time (Credit: Silva Screen)An Adventure in Space And Time
Release Date: 3rd March 2014 (pre-order)

Composed by Edmund Butt
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
Conducted & orchestrated by Geoff Alexander
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios "Studio 1" London

“It’s a sea of fag smoke, tweed and sweaty men”
Verity Lambert, first producer of Doctor Who.
 
This special one-off drama that travels back to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever made.

Composer Edmund Butt is well known for scores for Sea of Souls, Murphy’s Law, Mistresses, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. He is the Winner of the 2011 RTS Award for Best Television Score for Garrow’s Law. In 2012 Ed was nominated for RTS Award for Best Original Title Theme for Without You.

Writer Mark Gatiss comments:
Making ‘Adventure’ was a wonderful experience. The whole team were absolutely dedicated to the project, going the extra mile (or parsec) to create that smoggy early 60s world where so much seemed (and was) suddenly possible. And none more so than Edmund Butt whose gorgeous score is one of the highlights of the film. I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response to the film. It was a very special project from the outset and I know Ed’s soundtrack will continue to thrill and delight for, well, the rest of space and time...

The booklet for this release is reversible to allow the display of a separate cover featuring alternative promotional material.

Track Listing

  1. MAIN TITLE - AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME (0:38)
  2. THE RIGHT MAN (1:17)
  3. THE FIRST WOMAN PRODUCER (1:21)
  4. I’VE GOT AN IDEA.. (1:34)
  5. THE DALEKS (2:52)
  6. KILL DR. WHO (1:48)
  7. WHAT DIMENSION? (1:24)
  8. THIS IS MY SHOW (1:50)
  9. AUTOGRAPH HUNTING (2:31)
  10. SYDNEY NEWMAN (1:00)
  11. SCARLETT O'HARA (1:03)
  12. PISS & VINEGAR (1:24)
  13. DRESSING ROOM (1:18)
  14. JFK ASSASSINATED (1:48)
  15. THE TARDIS (0:57)
  16. GOODBYE SUSAN (2:37)
  17. 10 MILLION VIEWERS (0:57)
  18. THE FANS (0:41)
  19. I’M SO SORRY BILL (2:45)
  20. KISS GOODBYE (1:05)
  21. MY SUCCESSOR (1:06)
  22. ISOP GALAXY (0:50)
  23. IRREPLACEABLE (1:19)
  24. THE NEW DOCTOR (3:55)
  25. TIME’S UP.. (1:15)

A BBC Music / BBC Worldwide Production




BFI: Final panel video for Doctor Who At 50 seasonBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A video of part of the guest panel session from the BFI's final event of its Doctor Who At 50 season was uploaded to the organisation's YouTube channel today.

Held on Sunday 8th December to mark the Matt Smith era, it featured big-screen showings of The Eleventh Hour and The Name of the Doctor followed by an on-stage interview with Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Saul Metzstein, and Dan Starkey, conducted by season co-curator Justin Johnson.

The 12-minute extract from the discussion can be seen below:





An Adventure in Space and Time - Music ReleaseBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Silva Screen Records have announced the release of a CD containing music from An Adventure in Space and Time.

The drama, about the origins of Doctor Who, was broadcast last month as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. The soundtrack featuring the score by Edmund Butt will be released early in 2014

TRACK LIST

  1. Main Title – An Adventure In Space And Time (0:38)
  2. The Right Man (1:17)
  3. The First Woman Producer (1:21)
  4. I’ve Got An Idea.. (1:34)
  5. The Daleks (2:52)
  6. Kill Dr. Who (1:48)
  7. What Dimension? (1:24)
  8. This Is My Show (1:50)
  9. Autograph Hunting (2:31)
  10. Sydney Newman (1:00)
  11. Scarlett O’hara (1:03)
  12. Piss & Vinegar (1:24)
  13. Dressing Room (1:18)
  14. Jfk Assassinated (1:48)
  15. The Tardis (0:57)
  16. Goodbye Susan (2:37)
  17. 10 Million Viewers (0:57)
  18. The Fans (0:41)
  19. I’m So Sorry Bill (2:45)
  20. Kiss Goodbye (1:05)
  21. My Successor (1:06)
  22. Isop Galaxy (0:50)
  23. Irreplaceable (1:19)
  24. The New Doctor (3:55)
  25. Time’s Up.. (1:15)
Writer Mark Gatiss talked about the release
As many of you reading this may know, An Adventure in Space and Time has been the summation of a long-held dream of mine to tell the story of the birth-pangs of ‘Doctor Who’.

Making ‘Adventure’ was a wonderful experience. The whole team were absolutely dedicated to the project, going the extra mile (or parsec) to create that smoggy early 60s world where so much seemed (and was) suddenly possible. And none more so than Edmund Butt whose gorgeous score is one of the highlights of the film.

I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response to the film. It was a very special project from the outset and I know Ed’s soundtrack will continue to thrill and delight for, well, the rest of space and time…
An Adventure in Space and Time will be repeated in the UK on Christmas Day at 4.15pm on BBC Two, plus a special broadcast with sign language on Saturday 21 December at 1.50am.




Video excerpt released from Space And Time panel session at BFIBookmark and Share

Friday, 6 December 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BFI has released an excerpt from the panel session that it recorded at last month's preview screening of An Adventure In Space and Time.

Director Terry McDonough, actors Sacha Dhawan and David Bradley, William Hartnell's granddaughter and biographer Jessica Carney, and the BBC Two drama's writer Mark Gatiss were the special guests discussing the production with journalist Matthew Sweet - who donned a Menoptra outfit for the drama - following its world première on Tuesday 12th November.

Although not available on the BFI's YouTube channel as yet, the ten-minute extract can be viewed on the organisation's video page.

UPDATE - TUESDAY 10th DECEMBER: The excerpt has now been uploaded to the BFI's YouTube channel:






Guests announced for BFI's final DW anniversary eventBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The special guests for the BFI's final event in its Doctor Who At 50 season were announced today.

Taking place on Sunday 8th December and starting at 3.45pm, it will feature big-screen showings of
The Eleventh Hour and The Name of the Doctor, celebrating the current Doctor's era of the show as it approaches its end.

These will be followed by showrunner Steven Moffat, director Saul Metzstein, and actor Dan Starkey taking to the stage for the question-and-answer session.

Although a sell-out, stand-bys and returns are possible, so keep checking with the BFI.

Curated by Dick Fiddy and Justin Johnson, the year-long season has been phenomenally popular and has scored some impressive successes, including the first public showing of the colour-restored Third Doctor adventure The Mind of Evil, as well as the world première of the drama An Adventure In Space and Time.

UPDATE - MONDAY 9th DECEMBER: Mark Gatiss was a subsequent addition to the guest panel line-up, although this was not made public.




Anniversary episode awarded Guinness World RecordBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Last night's simultaneous broadcast of The Day of the Doctor to 94 countries has been officially named the world's largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama.

A Guinness World Records certificate was presented to showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat today at the Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCeL Centre in London by Craig Glenday, the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, who said:
Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest-running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.
Accepting the award, Moffat commented:
For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he's gone and done it himself!
Tim Davie, BBC Worldwide's chief executive officer, said:
We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a royal wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages.

If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world's biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest - and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.
The BBC said that more than 1,500 cinemas around the world showed the episode, with fans in Sweden and Norway, where there was no client broadcaster, petitioning their cinemas successfully to show the episode, while in Argentina they persuaded a major cinema chain to "simulscreen" the episode. Over in the USA, there was a sell-out of 10,000 cinema tickets in 28 minutes with no advertising or marketing, while Germany saw one of its biggest cinema chains - Cinemaxx - reporting that the episode was the fastest non-movie pre-sale in its history.

Guinness World Records has also compiled a list of the programme's other achievements.




John Hurt Doctor added to line-up pictureBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A BBC image of the 11 Doctors that was released last month has been updated, adding the John Hurt version of the Doctor between the Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston incarnations.


Other tweaks have included replacing the profile picture of McGann's Doctor. The original image can be seen below.


UPDATE - MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER: A new version of the original image comprising 11 Doctors has also been created to include the replacement profile of Paul McGann's Doctor.