Doctor Who Adventures - 159Bookmark and Share

Friday, 26 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures 159This week Doctor Who Adventures checks out the 3-D trailer for the new series of Doctor Who and finds out some sneaky secrets from the first six episodes.

They go behind the scenes with the Who crew to find out how they filmed David Tennant regenerating into new Doctor, Matt Smith, and take a look back at the Tenth Doctor’s final battle in this week’s story guide.

Also in the magazine a gift pack, 3 posters, the top 10 amazing endings and a final comic strip for the Tenth Doctor.

This is the last issue before the magazine regenerates next week. The revamped issue will feature the first in a series of exclusive diary reports from actor Matt Smith. In addition there is a sneak peek at The Doctor's first episode, The Eleventh Hour, a star interview with Matt Smith, a free TARDIS clock and the chance to win your very own life-size Dalek.




Matt Smith on Jonathan RossBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Jonathan Ross welcomes Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith onto his Friday night chat show tonight.

In the programme, recorded yesterday, Smith talks about becoming the Doctor:
My Doctor is clumsy, a little reckless, but becomes more assured as the series develops. I couldn't tell anyone for three months, To my mind it's the best part in British TV history. I spoke to David briefly, he said 'enjoy the ride'
On the TARDIS, he reveals there have been some changes:
It's bigger on the inside, has different levels, other rooms including a library, and is a different shade of blue outside. I hope to do at least another year, it's a wonderful part and I want to keep it.

There's also an exclusive sneak preview of episode six of the new series, the Doctor's encounter with vampires.

Smith is joined on the programme by Emma Thompson and Professor Brian Cox. The programme is on BBC One/BBC HD at 10.35pm and will be shown on BBC America at a later date. NB: Quotes are taken verbatim from the studio recording and may not actually be included in the transmitted version of the programme.




Classic Who on UK Sci-FiBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The UK Sci-Fi channel is devoting much of the Easter holiday weekend to repeats of episodes from the classic series of Doctor Who.

Stories from the 4th, 5th and 6th Doctors are being shown starting at 2pm on Good Friday.

Schedule
Friday 2nd April
1400-1600 - The Ark in Space
The Doctor investigates sinister goings-on at a space station used as a deep-freeze for the whole future population of Earth. He discovers that the station has been invaded by giant alien insects, the Wirrn.
1600-1800 - The Face of Evil
The Doctor meets the Tribe of Sevateem on a jungle planet - and finds himself hunted as the Evil One.
1800-2000 - Pyramids of Mars
When an archaeologist uncovers an ancient Egyptian tomb in 1911, he also awakens Sutekh, the alien god of evil, who is trapped in his prison on Mars.
2000-2200 - Ark in Space (Repeat from 2pm)

Saturday 3rd April
1400-1600 - Face of Evil (Repeat from Friday)
1600-1800 - Pyramids of Mars (Repeat from Friday)
1800-2000 - Logopolis
The Doctor and his companions travel to Logopolis, a planet of brilliant mathematicians, in order to repair the chameleon circuit in the TARDIS. It's Tom Baker's last adventure as The Doctor.
2000-2200 - Earthshock
The Cybermen plan to crash a spaceship into prehistoric Earth, deleting the human race from history.

Sunday 4th April
1200-1350 - Logopolis (Repeat from Saturday)
1350-1540 - Earthshock (Repeat from Saturday)
1540-1730 - Revenge of the Cybermen
The Doctor faces an old enemy on the planet of gold.
1730-1930 - The Caves of Androzani
When the Doctor faces a shadowy adversary on the planet Androzani Minor, he and companion Peri are lethally poisoned with Spectrox.
1930-2200 - The Two Doctors
Two versions of the time-travelling hero face both the warrior Sontarans and an alien race that is obsessed with food in Spain.

Monday 5th April
1200-1350 - Warriors of the Deep
In 2084, a cold war rages on Earth while deep beneath the oceans, intelligent reptile creatures from the time of the dinosaurs plot to destroy the human race.
1350-1540 - Revenge of the Cybermen (Repeat from Sunday)
1540-1740 - Caves of Androzani (Repeat from Sunday)
1740-2010 - The Two Doctors (Repeat from Sunday)
2010-2200 - Warriors of the Deep (Repeat from earlier)




The Beast Below - DetailsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC Press Office has released details of the second episode of the new series The Beast Below.

The story by Steven Moffat will air in the UK on 10th April. The time not confirmed at present, but the talent show Over the Rainbow is scheduled for 6.30-8.00pm, implying Doctor Who could be on as early as 5.45pm.

All schedules are provisional and will be confirmed next Wednesday.
The Doctor takes Amy to the distant future, where she finds Britain in space. Starship UK houses the future of the British people, as they search the stars for a new home. But as Amy explores, she encounters the terrifying Smilers and learns a deadly truth inside the Voting Booth.




K9 - UK and Australian premier on 3rd AprilBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The K9 adventure series will premier in the UK and Australia on Saturday 3rd April 2010.

In the UK the series will launch at 4pm on the Disney XD channel with episode two showing the following day also at 4pm.

In Australia series will launch at at 9.30am on the TEN network

The new 26 episode children's series features an animated version of the robot dog which appeared in Doctor Who from 1977-1981 before returning in the 2006 story School Reunion.

The series has been jointly created by Bob Baker and Paul Tams. Baker, working with his then writing partner, Dave Martin,  created the original K9 for the fourth Doctor story The Invisible Enemy. John Leeson once more voices the character of K9.

The series is currently showing in Scandinavia where it premièred in January. It was shot between December 2008 and May 2009 in Brisbane, Australia. It is co-produced by Stewart & Wall Entertainment and London-based Park Entertainment.

K9 - Episode One - Regeneration
Whilst Starkey and Jorjie are trying to escape the police they take refuge in a large detached house, now the residence of reclusive scientist, Professor Gryffen. They come across two Jixen warriors and a robot dog, K-9 Mark I.




Daily Mail objectsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The Daily Mail has taken exception to the length of Amy Pond's skirt in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

Writing in the Femail section, columnist Allison Pearson displays a woeful ignorance of the series when she asks "since when was Doctor Who's assistant supposed to be sexy?" and makes a plea to keep Doctor Who as family TV.

As any Doctor Who fan could tell her, the Doctor has a long tradition of travelling with sexy companions in short skirts which dates right back to the sixties.

What's next she asks, "Cybermen become Cyberchicks with metal boobs?" Perhaps she should view Torchwood's Cyberwoman.




Official Website updatedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The official BBC Doctor Who website has been updated in preparation for the launch of the new series on April 3rd.

The website features exclusive videos and features on the new series as well as archive material from the programme's long history.

The first minute of The Eleventh Hour will be available online from Saturday at 6.25pm, one week before the series launch.

The website also confirms the return of Doctor Who Confidential. The first episode, Call me the Doctor, captures all the backstage excitement from Matt Smith's first episode and gives a taster of life as the Doctor. There's an exclusive look at the read-through for The Eleventh Hour and Production Designer Edward Thomas and Matt Smith give a guided tour of the new look TARDIS.




Coming UpBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
With the new series just around the corner, prepare for a deluge of UK television and radio coverage! As with Christmas, the Doctor Who News Page is presenting a summary of coverage, which you can find from our Coming Up menu tab at the top.

If you come across anything we haven't listed, please do let us know!




Gay TimesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Gay TimesMatt Smith becomes the first Doctor to grace the cover of a gay magazine when he features on the front of this months Gay Times.

The magazine has unprecedented coverage of the new series, with exclusive content including the first ever interview with the latest addition to the cast, Arthur Darvill. They speak with the Doctor’s assistant Karen Gillan, head writer Steven Moffat, executive producer Piers Wenger and and writers Mark Gatiss and Gareth Roberts, who reveals that Matt Smith is set to appear pretty much naked in episode eleven. Costume designer Ray Holman tells what kind of underwear the new Doctor prefers.

Matt Smith on his new role as the Doctor:
What’s gorgeous about it is that I get to sort of confess to my imagination every day. So I get to play around in a mad, imaginary world every day, which is limitless and timeless, and endless and boundless. You know, that is as close as you get to sort of magic really, I suppose, in many ways.
On being described by executive producer Steven Moffat as “Patrick Moore in the body of an underwear model”:
“The thing is, right, I’ll take Patrick Moore, fine. But I definitely haven’t got an underwear model’s body, no way, not on this schedule. All my gym’s gone out the window. God no, I take that as a gross over-compliment to be honest. And also! When the hell has Steven Moffat seen me in my pants alone?”

The magazine also features additional interviews with Tom Ellis and Tracy-Ann Oberman and a special competition to win signed photos of Smith and Gillan, new sonic screwdriver toys, books, action figures and DVDS.

April’s issue of GT Magazine is on sale in the UK from Today. It is also available around the world by mail order or as a digtal download.




Start Time ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
The new series of Doctor Who will premier on BBC One and BBC HD at 6.20pm on Saturday 3rd April.

The Eleventh Hour is proceeded by the game show Total Wipeout, which got 4.7 million viewers when last shown in January. It will be followed by the new talent series Over the Rainbow, in which Andrew Lloyd Webber tries to find a star for his new production of The Wizard of Oz.

ITV1 have put up their now traditional opposition to a new series of Doctor Who, a Harry Potter film, this week, The Prisoner of Azkaban. This film premièred on ITV1 in January 2007 when it got 8 million viewers. It was repeated in July 2009 when it got 3.9 million watching.

On BBC Two Doctor Who faces Private Life of a Masterpiece looking at the stories behind iconic pieces of art, whilst Channel Four has put up Come Dine with Me a Cookery-based reality show in which amateur chefs compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. On Five you can see the western Two Mules for Sister Sara with Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine.

The Doctor Who start time is one of the earliest since the series returned in 2005. Episodes in the first three series started around 7pm. Only the first few episodes of Series Four started at 6.20 after which it was moved back to around 6.45pm following criticism from Russell T Davies over the programme's time slot.

Doctor Who Confidential will be shown on BBC Three at 7.25pm.




New Series RoundupBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
With the launch date of the new series rapidly approaching, Matt Smith makes a number of appearances on UK Television and Radio over the next few days, including as a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross this Friday and on Blue Peter next Wednesday.

The 1 minute teaser on the BBC Red Button service appears to have been pushed back until the weekend. Final transmission times of The Eleventh Hour will be confirmed sometime today so details can be sent to listing magazines.

BBC America will screen Doctor Who, The Ultimate Guide on Saturday April 17, just before the US premier of The Eleventh Hour. The program is described as an original, all-access look inside the world's biggest, most successful sci-fi television program.

A number of new stills from The Eleventh Hour have been released.





BBC America update websiteBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
BBC America have updated their Doctor Who Website in preparation for the new series launching on the channel on April 17.

The updated site includes profiles on The Doctor and Amy Pond and a photo gallery from The Eleventh Hour as well as guides to the series and a trailer.




Moffat InterviewBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 March 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Executive Producer Steven Moffat talks to The Guardian today about his hopes and plans for the new series. He talks about taking over one of the BBC's biggest brands and his fears for the BBC should there be a change of government this year.

Moffat speaks of his excitement in writing both the opening and closing episodes of the series and of how he wanted to do more fun, following his reputation as a writer of darker episodes. Although no past characters appear in the forthcoming series, Moffat hints he would not be averse to Captain Jack meeting Matt Smith's Doctor in the future.




Delia Derbyshire celebratedBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 March 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Delia DerbyshireSculptress of Sound - The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire is a new documentary commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the life and work of the BBC Radiophonic composer; presented by broadcaster and Doctor Who fan Matthew Sweet, it will investigate the wealth of material of her work that has been passed onto researchers at the University of Manchester.

Production company Made in Manchester's producer Phil Collinge says:
Delia’s realisation of the Doctor Who theme is just one small example of her genius and we’ll demonstrate how the music was originally created as well as hearing individual tracks from Delia’s aborted 70’s version. We’ll also feature the make-up tapes for her celebrated piece ‘Blue Veils and Golden Sands’, and hear Delia being interviewed on a previously ‘lost’ BBC recording from the 1960s.
The documentary also examines her work with poet Barry Bermange, her 1971 piece marking the centenary of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and also includes a 1960s track composed for The Dance from children's programme Noah

The show forms part of the Archive on 4 strand on the radio channel, and will be broadcast between 8:00-9:00pm on Saturday 27th March.