Friday Night RatingsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 May 2007 - Reported by Marcus
The Friday BBC3 repeat of Episode 7, 42 was watched by 266,000 viewers, a 1.6% share of the multi channel audience.




Sun Casting Rumors (UPDATED)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 May 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

The Sun has released an article today about a purported change of casting in Series 4.

UPDATE:
The BBC has given an official statement to FreemaAgyeman.com, calling the Sun's story "absolute rubbish".

To read the article, please click the spoiler link.
DOCTOR Who actress Freema Agyeman has been axed from the next series, The Sun can reveal.

Pretty Freema, 27, only joined the BBC1 sci-fi hit as the Timelord’s new companion Martha Jones at the beginning of the current series three.

We told how the struggling actress scooped the role after Billie Piper quit. But show chiefs think her performance is not as strong as in her earlier episodes.

And they are planning a storyline where the Doctor, played by David Tennant, will lose her and travel through the universe searching for her.
The decision to dump Freema comes as a bolt from the blue after her performance for the first couple of episodes was praised.

A source said: “Freema is very talented but we don’t think she is just right on Doctor Who. None of this is being done with any malice. Freema’s a lovely girl.”

Freema has previously admitted that she had a tough job to fill Billie’s boots. Billie, who played Rose Tyler, left at the end of the second series.

Christopher Eccleston stunned the BBC by quitting as the Timelord after the first series of the revamped drama in 2005.

Meanwhile current star Tennant is still believed to be making just part of series four, which starts filming in Wales this summer.

A spokeswoman for the show refused to comment.




Week Nine ScheduleBookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 May 2007 - Reported by Marcus
For the transmission of Episode Nine, The Family of Blood, Doctor Who stays at 7.10pm.

It once more follows The People's Quiz and is followed by The National Lottery Draws and the semi final of the search for a star show, Any Dream Will Do

ITV1 offers Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? as the main opposition, with Chris Tarrant, while BBC Two has The Culture Show where Paul McCartney meets up with Lauren Laverne to talk about his new album Memory Almost Full.

On Channel 4 viewers can see Lie Lab looking at new lie-detection technology using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, while on Channel 5 there is the 2003 film S Club: Seeing Double starring members of the pop group S Club.




Sea Devils Planned For DVDBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 May 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

The Sea Devils is being prepared for release on DVD, the latest edition of the Royal Navy's official newspaper has revealed.

Navy News was contacted on behalf of the Restoration Team in the hope of tracking down naval personnel involved in or who witnessed the story's filming - in particular, the team hopes to find a rating believed to have shot some cine footage.

The June edition of the publication says that as part of the DVD, a documentary is being produced on the making of the Jon Pertwee six-parter. The adventure originally aired in 1972 and the location work was carried out in the Portsmouth area in October 1971.

A story about the location filming was done at the time by the local daily paper, The News, which photographed Pertwee chatting with three ratings at the Fraser gunnery range.

One of the ratings, an Able Seaman David King, pictured above right, who was then aged 26, appears to be capturing the moment for posterity on a cine camera.

In the Navy News piece, project team member Richard Bignell says: "If Mr King did take any cine film of the shoot, we would be very interested in talking to him!"

The documentary-makers also hope to track down people who took still pictures.

A release date for the DVD has yet to be confirmed.

Click on the thumbnail below for a larger version of the picture showing Pertwee with the ratings.

(Photo courtesy of and copyright The News, Portsmouth)




Doctor Who Magazine 383Bookmark and Share

Friday, 25 May 2007 - Reported by Kenny Davidson

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine will exclusively reveal the names of all eight writers for Doctor Who series four, as those penning the Doctor's adventures in 2008 are revealed by the production team at BBC Wales.

Also this issue; find out why the Doctor is to undergo his biggest challenge yet in the next Doctor Who story to hit your screens (see spoiler box). DWM goes behind the scenes on the thrilling new episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood, also catching up with guest star Jessica Hynes, writer Paul Cornell, and showrunner Russell T Davies about this very different - and even more terrifying than usual! - Doctor Who adventure...

Plus: DWM spends an age with Professor Lazarus himself, alias actor Mark Gatiss; writer Steven Moffat explains why you should be keeping your eyes wide open for his spine-chilling new episode Blink; director James Strong recounts the second part of his blow-by-blow account of bringing the deadlyDaleks to Manhattan; and make sure you pack your sunscreen for a trip to the SS Pentallian and 42 fantastic facts about 42!

Meanwhile, the magazine unwraps the secret plans for the end of the current series, with previews of the final four fantastic episodes - BlinkUtopia,The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords; Part 3 of the new comic strip adventure The Woman Who Sold the World; while Russell T Davies is flying the flag (for Who) in another unmissable Production Notes.

DWM 383 is on sale from Thursday 31 May
Also this issue; find out why the Doctor is to undergo his biggest challenge yet in the next Doctor Who story to hit your screens...

"Playing the same character every week in a long-running series is great, and very inspiring and exciting," David Tennant tells DWM, "but it's such an unexpected bonus to be asked to portray a whole new character, halfway through the shoot, which by definition must be unlike the character you're playing every other day."

So who, exactly, is this John Smith character? 

"He looks like the Doctor and doesn't sound much like him, but he must be a different man," says David cryptically. "Well, he must be a man, rather than a Time Lord..."




Kylie Minogue speculation continuesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 May 2007 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Speculation over Kylie Minogue's potential appearance in the series continued yesterday with the free London paperStandard Lite carrying a photograph apparently showing the singer's "todo" list carried by her stylist William Baker, including a note to contact the show's executive producerRussell T Davies.

The note in question reads: "When Dr Who script arriving? Russell's number."

Its sister paper, the Daily Mail, also mentions the item this morning, and carries the respective photos in an online article (near the bottom of the page).




Tardis Catches Queen's Eye At ShowBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

The Queen was left intrigued by the Tardis feature at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week.

As reported by Outpost Gallifrey last Friday, the Doctor's time-travelling police box - complete with light and sound effects - is the centrepiece of the display called A Garden In Time, which has been created by Cardiff Council landscape officer Mo Dorken and her team.

It shows the changes in the world since the start of the series in 1963 and includes a 1960s Cardiff rugby shirt and a Doctor Who annual with William Hartnell on the cover.

The Royal Family were exploring the Royal Horticultural Society's annual show on Monday and the Queen stopped off to look at the revolving Tardis.

It is in a "void" separating a 1960s urban garden from a modern one based around contemporary gardening ideas and styles, with an emphasis on sustainability, recycling and climate change.

The official website of the Prince of Wales and Hello Magazine report Dorken as saying: "The Queen was asking 'Why is there a Tardis there?'

"I was explaining how we were having a Doctor Who theme and a Sixties part of the garden because it was when the series first started."

Celebrities were also in attendance at the show on the eve of it opening to the public, including Joanna Lumley, who played the Doctor in the 1999 Comic Relief spoof The Curse of Fatal Death, written by Steven Moffat.

The flower show is open until Saturday.




Radio Times PreviewBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 - Reported by Kenny Davidson

The new issue of Radio Times, out today, includes behind the scenes pictures and interviews about Saturday's episode, Human Nature. Our thanks to Radio Times for the following extract, which contains spoilers.
The new issue of Radio Times, out today, includes behind the scenes pictures and interviews about the forthcoming scarecrows episode. The story is based on Paul Cornell's 1995 Who novel Human Nature, now rewritten by him for television. Cornell explains: "The Doctor is forced to hide by becoming human, and it's the story of what happens when aliens arrive to destroy everything and the Doctor isn't there. That's why it's scary.

The Scarecrows are "hessian sacks of malevolence and straw", reckons Cornell, "[and] will scare little eight-year-olds absolutely witless! There's a scene where a whole army of them shows up, and [director] Charles Palmer fills the screen with them! And there's another where a Scarecrow grabs a child holding a balloon. And if that doesn't get them hiding behind the sofa..." Read the full story in Radio Times.




Doctor Who Adventures 30Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 - Reported by Kenny Davidson

The new issue of Doctor Who Adventures, out Thursday 24 May, takes the reader on a trip to 1913 for a special preview of the next two episodes,Human Nature and Family of Blood. It covers the scarecrows from the forthcoming story, as well as the Cult of Skaro. There is part one of a new comic strip "The Green, the Bad and the Ugly" and an interview with Totally Doctor Who's Kirsten O'Brien.

The magazine comes with posters of scarecrows, the Doctor and Martha, Daleks and Carrionites.




Australian broadcast debut of Doctor Who ConfidentialBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 - Reported by Adam Kirk

Optus TV Magazine reports that Australian cable broadcaster UKTV Australia will screen the 15-minute 'cutdown' episodes of Doctor Who Confidential as part of a Doctor Who marathon of series one and two on the Australian Queen's Birthday long weekend (9-11 June).

The screenings of these Doctor Who Confidential episodes will mark the first time ever that this programme has been shown on Australian broadcast television.

Series 1 will start at midday on Saturday June 9. The Christmas Invasion, followed by Series 2, will start at midday on Sunday June 10. Each Confidential episode will be shown following its corresponding Doctor Who episode.

The marathon also marks the first time The Christmas Invasion and series two have been shown on UKTV Australia.

It has been reported that The Runaway Bride and Series 3 will have its Australian debut on the ABC in late June.

Thanks to Theta Sigma.





Luther Arkwright ShowBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

On this week's I'm ready for my close-up, Alex Fitch's guests are Bryan Talbot and Mark Wright, creator and adaptor respectively of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. Alex will be talking to Bryan about his career in comics, focusing on Luther and Alice in Sunderland and asking Mark about the challenges of converting a graphic novel to the audio medium. There's also a competition to win one of 5 signed copies of the Big Finishaudio adaptation of Luther Arkwright starring David Tennant at the end of the show.

The interview with Bryan and Mark is going out May 24th at 10.30pm BST on Resonance 104.4 FM in London, streamedhere.




Timelash CoverBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 May 2007 - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The official Doctor Who website has revealed the cover illustration for the forthcoming UK DVD release of Timelashstarring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.




Sunday RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 May 2007 - Reported by Marcus
The Sunday BBC3 repeat of Episode 7, 42, had an audience of 809,000according to unofficial overnights, a4.4%share of the multi channel audience. It was the second most watched programme on multi channel TV, being beaten by Sky One's Lost which got 840,000.

With overnight figures now available for the whole week, the Saturday showing of 42 is the 16th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released in around 9 days time.






Torchwood in AustraliaBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 May 2007 - Reported by Marcus
Channel Ten in Australia have been trailing the arrival of Torchwoodto the network.

The channel has no previous connection with Doctor Who, which has always been shown on the ABC network.

The promos have the tag: "Capt Jack Harkness, the man who cannot die!"

The series is set to begin next month.

(Thanks to Michael Davoren and many others who emailed.)