The Tsuranga Conundrum - Official RatingBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Tsuranga Conundrum: Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum had an official rating of 7.76 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.50 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 148,000 watched on their PC, 66,000 watched on a Tablet device and 53,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 6th most watched programme of the week ending 28th October.

Top for the week was Saturdays edition of Strictly Come Dancing getting 11.13 million watching. Channel 4 took number 2 with The Great British Bake Off getting 10.34 million viewers.

The Tsuranga Conundrum had an Appreciation Index score of 79, again scoring higher with female viewers.




Demons Of The Punjab - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Demons Of The Punjab
Demons Of The Punjab

Writer: Vinay Patel
Director: Jamie Childs

What’s the point of having a mate with a time machine, if you can’t nip back and see your gran when she was younger?”

India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?
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Episode 6 Trailer | Demons Of The Punjab | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 11th November7.00pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 11th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 11th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 12th November6.00pm AEST

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Arachnids In The UK - Official Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 Arachnids In The UK: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Simon Ridgeway))Doctor Who: Arachnids In The UK had an official rating of 8.22 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.97 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 131,000 watched on their PC, 62,000 watched on a Tablet device and 51,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 4th most watched programme of the week ending 28th October.

Top for the week were the two editions of Strictly Come Dancing, with the Saturday show getting 11.47 million watching. Channel 4 once more took number 3 with The Great British Bake Off getting 9.50 million viewers.

On ITV Coronation Street managed to get 7.86 million watching and was fifth in the weekly chart.

Arachnids In The UK had an Appreciation Index score of 83.




The Tsuranga Conundrum - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Tsuranga Conundrum: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum was watched by 6.12 million viewers, a share of 29.5% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the second highest rated programme for the Sunday and the 6th for the week ending 4th November.

Sunday's ratings for all programmes were slightly down on last week, probably because of the large number of firework displays around the country marking Bonfire Night. Highest for the day was the Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show which had 8.83 million viewers, with the BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 3.82 million.

ITV peaked with 4.12 million watching The X Factor while, against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 3.74 million viewers.

Saturdays Strictly Come Dancing topped the week with 9.46 million, while Channel 4 achieved one of its best every ratings, coming third for the week with 7.51 million watching The Great British Bake Off. Monday's two editions of Coronation Street took 4th and 5th places.

Final figures should be released next Monday.




Doctor Who - Episodes Seven and EightBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released details of Doctor Who Episodes Seven and Eight

Kerblam! (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Episode Seven: Kerblam!

“Delivery for the Doctor!”

A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer: Kerblam!

Guest starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Lee Mack.

Written by Pete McTighe.

Directed by Jennifer Perrott.
The Witchfinders (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Episode Eight: The Witchfinders

The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in 17th century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial, run by the local landowner.

As fear stalks the land, the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But is there something even more dangerous at work? Can the Doctor and friends keep the people of Bilehurst Cragg safe from all the forces that are massing in the land?

Guest starring Siobhan Finneran and Alan Cumming.

Written by Joy Wilkinson.

Directed by Sallie Aprahamian.




The Tsuranga Conundrum - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Tsuranga Conundrum
The Tsuranga Conundrum

Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Jennifer Perrott

Risk to life: absolute.

Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly -- and unusual -- creatures.
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Episode 5 Trailer | The Tsuranga Conundrum | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 4th November7.00pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 4th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 4th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 5th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




Rosa - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rosa: Rosa Parks (Vinette Robinson), Krasko (Josh Bowman) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Oppens))Doctor Who: Rosa had an official rating of 8.37 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

8.09 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 145,00 watched on their PC, 71,000 watched on a Tablet device and 63,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 4th most watched programme of the week ending 21st October.

The episode had an appreciation index score of 83

Top for the week was Saturday’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing with 11.49 million watching.




Arachnids In The UK - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 Arachnids In The UK: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Jade (Tanya Fear), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Arachnids In The UK was watched by 6.43 million viewers, a share of 29.3% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure is slightly up on the previous weeks rating. Doctor Who was second for the eveining with Strictly Come Dancing - The Results taking top place for the day, and the week, with 9.14 million watching. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 5.19 million watching.

ITV peaked with The X Factor Results with 4.2 million viewers. Against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 3.83 million watching.

Doctor Who is currently the third highest rated programme for the week, behind the two editions of Strictly Come Dancing. Coronation Street is fourth with 6.41 million. Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off had 6.06 million viewers and is 6th for the week.

Official 7-Day figures will be released by BARB next Monday




Arachnids In The UK - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Arachnids In The UK
Arachnids In The UK

Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Sallie Aprahamian

Something’s happening with the spiders in this city.

The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire – and Yaz’s family – only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.
 Arachnids In The UK: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Najia (Shobna Gulati) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Yaz (Mandip Gill) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Frankie (Jaleh Alp) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Kevin (William Meredith), Robertson (Chris Noth) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Robertson (Chris Noth) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Simon Ridgeway)) Arachnids In The UK: Sonya (Bhavnisha Parmar), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Najia (Shobna Gulati), Hakim (Ravin J Ganatra) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Jade (Tanya Fear), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: The Tardis, Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Jade (Tanya Fear), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))


Episode 4 Trailer | Arachnids In The UK | Doctor Who
FIRST LOOK: Episode 4 | Arachnids In The UK

This episode will debut on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 28th October7.00pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 28th October8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 28th October8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 29th October6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




The Ghost Monument - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Ghost Monument: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ilin (Art Malik) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Opens))Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument had an official rating of 9.00 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

8.67 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 184,000 watched on their PC, 83,000 watched on a Tablet device and 64,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 4th most watched programme of the week ending 14th October.

Top for the week were the two editions of Strictly Come Dancing, with the Saturday show getting 12.03 million watching. Channel 4 had a rare entry into the top ten at number 3 with The Great British Bake Off getting 9.22 million viewers.

On ITV Coronation Street managed to get 8.0 million watching and was fifth in the weekly chart.

The Ghost Monument had an Appreciation Index score of 82, scoring higher with women than men and higher with those aged under 35.




Rosa - Press ReactionBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rosa: Rosa Parks (Vinette Robinson) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Oppens))Press reaction to Doctor Who's Third episode of 2018, Rosa, is once more overwhelmingly positive, with most commentators praising the subject matter and the way it was handled.

Radio Times felt by tackling historical subjects the series was returning to its roots. "What’s pleasing is that there are no Clever Dick solutions. The time travellers work hard to keep time on track. Who’d have thought that getting a tweedy seamstress and a driver on the right bus at the right time would provide dramatic tension? And there’s a sharp beat when the Time Lord realises she and her team are part of history: “We have to not help her."

The Mirror considers the episode a very important one for the series. "It may surprise some for the series to tackle racism head-on rather than with veiled allegories, but with Chibnall promising to bring back the educational element of the series, the show has proved that the showrunner is keeping to that promise, and it is refreshing for the long-running show to offer some vital social commentary - not just on the past but also issues today."

The Independent singles out the lead actress for much praise. "As with her previous adventures, Whittaker’s Time Lord is the best thing about “Rosa”. The actor has finally started to tone down the overenthusiastic tics that threatened to bubble over early on. True, she is once again a gregarious human space-hopper, with a winning line in self-referential zingers – she half-jokes about being Banksy – however, a rumination on Jim Crow oppression calls for a restrained performance, and she delivers. "

The Telegraph disliked the episode thinking it stodgy "When allowed to riff on history rather than be confined by it, Doctor Who(BBC One, Sunday) can be a ludicrous romp (Let’s Kill Hitler) or deeply poignant (Vincent and the Doctor). Barring a couple of good gags about Elvis and Banksy, however, Chris Chibnall and Malorie Blackman’s episode felt overawed by the history it was depicting, short-changing some imaginative direction from Mark Tonderai and bearing a score weighed down by French horns straight from the gloopier end of The West Wing."

Den of Geek praised the actress taking on the difficult role of Rasa Parks. "Rosa is played by Vinette Robinson, who manages to embody Parks with apparent ease. Robinson exudes both a quiet strength and a weariness at the continued injustices thrown her way. There’s a fire in her when she meets the TARDIS team, as she tells them in no uncertain terms to leave Montgomery or face the consequences."

Digital Spy praised the way the episode tackled difficult issues. "Doctor Who manages to tackle her story without feeling glib, treating it with the respect and deference it deserves and resisting the urge to pit Parks against monsters from outer space."




Rosa - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rosa: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Oppens))
Doctor Who: Rosa was watched by 6.39 million viewers, a share of 29.6% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Most programmes during the day scored lower than the previous week. Top for the day was Strictly Come Dancing - The Results with 8.65 million watching. Countryfile had 4.91 million viewers. The BBC drama THe Cry had 5.32 million watching. On ITV the highest rated programme was The X Factor - Results with 4.02 million viewers. Against Doctor Who, The Chase Celebrity Special had 3.27 million watching.

Although the ratings are down on the previous two weeks, they still make Doctor Who the fifth most-watched programme of the week, behind two episodes of Strictly Come Dancing, Monday's episode of Coronation Street and the Channel 4 game show The Great British Bake Off, which had 6.42 million watching. It beat every other edition of Coronation Street and EastEnders.

Official figures, which will be released next Monday, will include those who recorded the episode and watched it later. They are expected to be considerably higher than the initial figures.




Rosa - Publicity PicturesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 20 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Rosa
Rosa

Writer: Malorie Blackman
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Mark Tonderai

Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder: is someone attempting to change history?
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Episode Three Trailer | Rosa | Doctor Who: Series 11

This series will debut on BBC One at 6.55pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 21st October6:45pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 21st October8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 21st October8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 22nd October6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




Doctor Who Magazine - 531Bookmark and Share

Friday, 19 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - 531 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 531 talks to new companion of the Doctor, Bradley Walsh.
My early recollections are the black-and-white days of William Hartnell and Pat Troughton… It’s mind-blowing that I’m a part of it all these years later.
Also in this issue...
  • PREVIEWS
  • Exclusive previews of the next four episodes: Rosa, Arachnids in the UK, The Tsuranga Conundrum and Demons of the Punjab.
  • MICHAEL PICKWOAD
  • A tribute to the production designer who worked on Doctor Who from 2010 to 2017.
  • 50 YEARS OF UNIT
  • Exploring the origins of UNIT, which made its debut in Doctor Who 50 years ago.
  • MILITARY MANOEUVRES
  • DWM investigates the role UNIT plays in Doctor Who.
  • JOHN LEVENE
  • Join UNIT’s Sergeant Benton on a very special day out.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Members of Series 11’s Script and Story Department describe their roles.
  • THE WARMONGER
  • The Thirteenth Doctor makes her DWM comic strip debut.
  • JACQUELINE PEARCE
  • A tribute to the actress who played Chessene in 1985’s The Two Doctors and more recently Cardinal Ollistra in Big Finish’s War Doctor audio adventures.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Team listens to some Who-related chart hits.
  • COSPLAY
  • Tips from Thirteenth Doctor cosplayers.
  • EPISODE REVIEWS
  • Our verdict on the first two episodes of Series 11: The Woman Who Fell to Earth and The Ghost Monument.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

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Doctor Who Magazine 531 is on sale now, priced £5.99.