Worlds In Time: trailer/behind-the-scenesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time have now released a trailer and a behind-the-scenes video for the new multiplayer game that went into public preview yesterday afternoon:

Worlds in Time Trailer, via YouTube

Behind the scenes of Worlds in Time, via YouTube

Worlds in Time enters public previewBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
After a period of invited testing as mentioned at the weekend, the "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) game Worlds in Time has now entered public beta with everybody invited to try out the game.
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is designed for devotees of the show looking for a quick pick-up-and-play game, and life-long gamers and sci-fi enthusiasts seeking increased social engagement. Players choose among four races and endless possible character combinations to create their avatars. They can join together in missions identified by the mysterious Time Lord to defend civilization by undertaking interventions against infamous villains bent on creating chaos and destruction in the universe. Throughout the game, players will explore deep immersive worlds (e.g., Skaro, Messaline, The Library and New New York) featuring iconic monsters (e.g., Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels), delivering the authentic experience of being part of the Doctor Who realm.

The game is free to play, though players will be able to progress faster in the game by purchasing 'chronons' to assist with missions, equipment etc.

Robert Nashak, executive vice president, BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games, said:
Our goal with Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is to expand engagement with the immensely popular Doctor Who brand and allow fans to deeply immerse themselves in that universe. The game’s multiple worlds, its varied, wonderful characters and monsters, and changing story arcs will appeal to both Doctor Who fans and casual gamers alike.
Daniel James, CEO of Three Rings Design, Inc., said:
As a huge Doctor Who fan, the chance to develop this game with BBC Worldwide was a dream opportunity. We’ve worked to provide Doctor Who fans an experience that matches the quality and imagination of the TV show, and a forum to introduce casual gamers to this remarkable world with an experience accessible to players of all levels.

To register for the game, visit the Worlds in Time website and select "Play".

(newslink: BBC Press Release)

BBC/Netflix deal for UKBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have announced a deal to provide programming content to Internet streaming service Netflix in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company already streams BBC programmes including Doctor Who and Torchwood in the US, Canada and Latin America.

Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said:
BBC shows are a big favourite of our over 20 million streaming members in the US, Canada and Latin America. Members love watching back-to-back episodes of BBC series where and when they want, at the click of a button. We are incredibly proud to make these high quality programmes available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland.
Steve Macallister, President and Managing Director for Sales and Distribution at BBC Worldwide, said:
With our content already available on Netflix in North and Latin America, we're delighted to be a launch partner for Netflix in the UK and Eire, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one. UK audiences have really grasped the experience that online viewing can bring, and our programming has proven to be particularly popular with this digital audience.
Shows like Doctor Who are already available online in the UK through Internet Service providers like BT Vision and Virgin Media (and of course recent programming domestically through the BBC's own iPlayer service); Netflix's service also opens out programming to a number of internet-enabled platforms including the Xbox360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PS3, plus a variety of blu-ray players, televisions, and mobile devices.

The BBC have also announced an enhanced content service with Virgin Media, bringing what they term as next generation BBC TV services to the cable provider's Tivo platform. Jane Weedon, Controller of Business Development, BBC Future Media said:
With its pioneering BBC iPlayer service now available on more than 300 different internet-connected TV devices, the BBC has successfully taken catch-up TV beyond the PC and into the living room. Having partnered with Virgin Media to bring BBC iPlayer to TV back in 2008, we have since brought a vastly-improved, fully-integrated experience of BBC iPlayer to Virgin Media’s TiVo Service. With the addition of the BBC News app and enhanced BBC Sport services – all accessible via the Red Button – we plan to build on this partnership and continue to innovate in connected TV through 2012.

(newslink: BBC Press Release)

Breakfast with Steven MoffatBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Steven Moffat appeared on BBC's Breakfast this morning to chat about his two festive 'blockbusters', Doctor Who and Sherlock. Speaking of the Doctor at Christmas, he said:
It's the right and proper thing, he's the ideal hero for Christmas Day, he's as close as a hero can come to actually being Santa Claus!
Talking about the storyline for the Christmas Day special, he said:
There's a slight flavour of Narnia in this one, yes - it's not the same story at all by any means. Last year we pretty much did A Christmas Carol beat-for-beat, but this time it's just a sort of flavouring of that really.

The Doctor ends up in debt to someone, his life is saved by someone, and a few years later he returns to save their Christmas because these children have just lost their father - of course being the Doctor he just endangers them terribly, but that's sort of what he's like.

Inevitably the movie came up, to which he re-iterated:
It's an imaginary film. David Yates - a very brilliant director - was talking off the cuff and slightly off-message. We're not going to do a film of the nature that he described, which would be rebooting the story and having a different Doctor and being in a different continuity - that would never happen, that would be insane and that would be insulting to the audience. I hope one day we will do a film, maybe even soon, but it will be very much an offshoot of the television series with the same Doctor and all that. (and you doing it?) Yes.
The interview is available to watch via the BBC Breakfast site until the 27th December.

Meanwhile, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe guest stars Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir talk about their experience filming the episode in the latest BBC behind-the-scenes clip:

Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir, BBC, via YouTube (also via BBC Doctor Who Adventure Calendar)

Fan ProductionsBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Planet Skaro - Season Four

Planet Skaro Audios began life in 2006 as a one off fan project by the members of the Planet Skaro forum which proved to be so enjoyed by all involved a series of four more plays appeared in 2007 which make up the first season. A second season of seven stories followed in 2008 and a third season in 2009.

The fourth season began last year and after a few delays the range continues with the latest release:

A three part story by Martin Penny and Si Hunt.

The Doctor finds himself trapped with no memory and no idea which of his past and present companions can be trusted. Meanwhile an evil scheme is unfolding that threatens to bring about the end of the universe, with far reaching consequences for the Doctor and his companion Rob McCow.

The story can be heard by freely downloaded from the following links:
  • Part One - Why has the Doctor lost his memory and who isresponsible?
  • Part Two - Can the Doctor really trust either of his companions?
  • Part Three - Is it curtains for long-time companion Rob McCow?
A late addition to the season is also due to be released this month!
Merry Christmas Rob McCow!
By Richard Brinck-Johnsen

Set before the events of "Asylum", this story finds the Doctor taking his young companion Rob home for a family Christmas he'll never forget! More details soon from Planet Skaro.
Details of earlier releases can be found on the Planet Skaro audios website.

(with thanks to Richard Brinck-Johnsen and Si Hunt)

Enlightenment Issue #164

The latest issue of Enlightenment, the official fanzine of the Doctor Who Information Network, can now be ordered from their website.

In this issue:
  • CHRONIC FATIGUE - Editor Cameron Dixon suggests that this is the most fan-friendly season of the revived series to date.
  • WHOLINE - The latest news from the worlds of Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • FLUID LINKS - Robert Smith? examines the opening episodes of the series in a surprising manner.
  • SPRING 2011 REVIEW - Greg McElhatton isn't terribly besotted with The Curse of the Black Spot.
  • BLOCK TRANSFERS - Julie Chaston praises our discovery of who The Doctor's Wife is, in every sense.
  • LOVE AND MONSTERS - Friends, Romans, countrymen; Deborah Stanish comes to praise Rory Williams, not to bury him.
  • CRATER OF NEEDLES - Gian-Luca di Rocco sees no need to vent his spleen about The Rebel Flesh.
  • THE TEMPERED SCHISM - Peter McAlpine follows a good man to war, and finds that it's not as problematical as it appears.
  • LIONHEARTED - David J. Lamb bemoans the loss of one of the classic series' characteristics: the Doctor's asexuality.
Also, Graeme Burk reviews The Complete Fifth Series on DVD -- as well as The Ark, Planet of the Spiders and Terror of the Autons, The Awakening and Frontios, The Sunmakers and Paradise Towers, and Day of the Daleks. Plus, reviews of the April 2011 Eleventh Doctor novels, the Lost Stories Animal and Earth Aid, the BBC graphic novel The Only Good Dalek, and Time, Unincorporated: Volume 3.
(with thanks to Cameron Dixon)

The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Quiz Book

The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Quiz Book is a trivia quiz book compiled by Don Krouskop and covers all Doctors and televised story from An Unearthly Child through to A Christmas Carol. It is available to order from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

It's a trivia quiz! It's an episode guide! It's bigger on the inside than the outside! Test your knowledge of the most popular, enduring science-fiction series in the world with this comprehensive Doctor Who trivia quiz. With more than 1000 questions, covering every period in the program's five-decade history, it's the ultimate challenge for fans of television's #1 cult classic.

In these pages, you'll find questions like:
  • Who knitted the Fourth Doctor's trademark scarf?
  • "The Doctor's Daughter" guest star Georgia Moffett is the real-life daughter of what former Doctor Who star?
  • What alien race built the Genesis Ark?
  • The first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast just one day after what real-life tragedy?
  • How many holes are there inside the lock on the TARDIS door?
  • Dalek creator Terry Nation co-produced what iconic 1980s U.S action series?

Are you ready to put your Time Lord expertise on trial? Can you be the Master of Doctor Who minutiae? Only time will tell....
(with thanks to Don Krouskop)

The Dalek Project

This is a new project being undertaken by Tara Gill, kicking off in the New Year.
I will spend an entire year making Daleks. This all started because of a distant cousin in law's child. My husband's distant cousins, wife contacted me on Facebook some time ago. We became friends and she has these two awesome little girls. One is super girly girl but the other ... oooooh the other. She's a geek in training for sure. She adores Daleks.

I run an Etsy business and for years was primarily a knitter. But knitting can be expensive and it takes me quite a while to make enough items to stock a store. Wanting my business to be more successful I turned to polymer clay. It gave me the freedom to create more pieces and to rest my wrists when I really need it.

I made a Dalek for my cousins little girl. And then ... I made another. While I worked on them I saw limitless potential for what you can form a Dalek to look like.

Making something every day for a year is a daunting task but it can definitely be done. I want something more than JUST pictures taken with my phone or just kind of randomly snapped by one of my cameras. So I started to form a team. I've got a couple of photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to help make the pictures look far better than they would have otherwise.
The project will be available to see through Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr - details to follow soon.

(with thanks to Tara Gill)

Doctor Who Timeline

A complete timeline of Doctor Who from 1963 to present, including episodes, seasons, companions, villains, and more has been made available here.

Tom Baker in vintage festivitiesBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Back in November, the BBC Northern Ireland programme Those Were The Days broadcast a vintage clip of Tom Baker visiting a school, which had been part of a number of news items following the actor as he visited Belfast during the 1970s. The clips were discovered by archivist Evan Marshall when researching for the archive television series, which as well as the school also included the actor visiting a hospital, 'mobbed' in a shopping centre, and doing an interview for BBC Radio Ulster.

Additionally, Tom Baker was filmed as he turned on the Christmas lights, and the BBC's Adventure Calendar has now made both this festive themed clip and the original raw school footage shown in Those Were The Days alongside the shopping centre appearance available to watch online.

Tom Baker turns on the Christmas Lights, BBC Northern Ireland, via the BBC Doctor Who site (may not play outside United Kingdom)

Tom Baker visits a school and shopping centre, BBC Northern Ireland, via the BBC Doctor Who site (may not play outside United Kingdom)

Doctor Who face masksBookmark and Share

Sunday, 18 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Star Cutouts have launched a new range of licensed cut-out face masks based on characters from Doctor Who; the first releases include the Eleventh Doctor and Amy, alongside a Cyberman, Weeping Angel, a Silent, plus the Empty Child!

The 11th Doctor

Amy Pond

Weeping Angel



The Empty Child

The cut-out face masks join the existing range of full life-sized cut-outs from the company.

In the run-up to the 50th Anniversary the company plan to release a wider range of life-sized cut-outs encompassing both the 21st and 20th Century series; this kicks off with one of Rory which is hoped to be released in January, followed by a 'classic' Doctor cut-out for February.

Eagle-eyed readers will note the similarity between these masks and those provided as part of the recent Come Round party pack to celebrate the release of the Complete 6th Series boxed set last month - Star Cutouts produced those on on behalf of the BBC and have since modified some of the images for the commercial range.

People RoundupBookmark and Share

Sunday, 18 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Matt Smith talks about an incident with the police: "I was running for a train, on my way to film in Bristol, when I was stopped by anti-terrorist police for a routine check. I ended up missing my train and being late for my call. I must have been looking particularly dodgy." And on his best present at Christmas? "A snooker table - although my SEGA Mega Drive comes close. I also used to love getting pyjamas and wearing them all day." [Standard, 16 Dec 2011]

Praise was also heaped upon the actor by Daventry's MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, who having seen the Christmas Special at the press preview, said: "I’m very much a Doctor Who geek, so I loved it. It was a perfect show for Christmas Day and I’ll look forward to watching it again then. It was also nice to hear Matt speaking about the show, he came across as a really nice, pleasant guy with a lovely sense of humour. I think he’s a great representative of Northamptonshire." [Northamptonshire Chronicle, 18 Dec 2011]

Jane Espenson (writer) talks about the differences in the creative process in writing for Torchwood and Once Upon A Time: "Torchwood was a very different process from everything else, since it functioned as a sort of hybrid version of the UK system – less room time, more one-on-one with the showrunner. Once is more similar to Buffy – we work in a writers' room figuring out the story, and then we take turns writing complete drafts that are then polished by Eddy and Adam. And, also like Buffy, we're being allowed to make the show that the guys envisioned. It's a very smooth and very productive process." [Blogcritics, 16 Dec 2011]

Sarah Smart (Jennifer, The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People) talks about being broody after meeting Billie Piper (Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me co-star Laurence Fox's wife), and also on her time in Doctor Who: "We will of course be watching the Doctor Who Christmas special, but I will see it in a completely different light now I’ve been in it. Matt Smith is absolutely brilliant, but my favourite Doctor will always be Peter Davison, because he was my dad in At Home With The Braithwaites." [Sunday Mercury, 18 Dec 2011]

Robin Squire ("main Auton", Spearhead from Space) has written a new 'reality novel' entitled The Making of Britflick and is described as all about the vicissitudes of being a writer on a feature film that manages to get made despite all the odds. It is currently available as an e-book from Amazon, with a hardcopy available next spring. [with thanks to Richard Bignell, 17 Dec 2011]

Meanwhile, the announcement by Steven Moffat that Amy and Rory would be departing has set the bookies off on their predictions of who might assume the vacancy in the TARDIS, though predictably lacking the imagination to consider a male as the Doctor's next sidekick.

Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay is considered the favourite by Ladbrokes at 4/1, with The Curse of the Black Spot's Lily Cole at 6/1, Matt Smith's close friend Daisy Lowe at 10/1, and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Chelsee Healey at 12/1.

Worlds in Time updateBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) game Worlds in Time moves a stage closer with the platform having now been made open to invited users in order to test and give feedback upon the initial gameplay.

Having been "invited" to join the Doctor in the TARDIS, initial registration for the game enables players to select their character name and race, choosing from four different races, Human, Silurian, Cat-person and Tree-person. Character avatars can then be adjusted to suit player preference before the final registration page.

Please note that in order to proceed into the game itself, those participating in the trial must agree to the terms and conditions; in particular:
You acknowledge that you have "early access" to the game in an incomplete form. By proceeding, you agree to hold strictly confidential any information about the game until it becomes public.

(with thanks to Vitas Varnas)

Regional RoundupBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster

United Kingdom

A Dalek lent its aid towards 'exterminating' prejudice and inequalities at Sunderland College. Joe Leggett, director of learning support, said: "We were trying to think of a creative way of explaining diversity and engaging with the students. In Dr Who, the Daleks have a very hierarchical society, with prejudices within their ranks based on their colour." [Sunderland Echo, 13 Dec 2011]

Meanwhile, another Dalek has been immortalised in Lego by the Addis family in Huntingdon. The seven foot Christmas-themed creation was constructed from over 100,000 bricks as part of a eighteen year personalised Christmas card tradition. Catherine Addis said: "'We thought we'd have a bit of fun this year and build something a bit out of the ordinary - but obviously, we want to keep it quite festive. You get a great feeling of satisfaction once the model it complete - all our friends are so complimentary of it, it really makes all the hard work worthwhile." [Daily Mail, BBC News, 15/16 Dec 2011]

A Cyberman went on patrol at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, as part of a promotion for the forthcoming Big Blue Box convention being held there on 14th January. The event is raising money for the local charity which helps disabled people, Compaid, and will see a number of Doctor Who names appearing including Louise Jameson (Leela), Paul Magrs and Jonathan Morris (writers). Compaid's chief executive Stephen Elsden said: "Big Blue Box marks the first ever fan convention for Doctor Who in Tunbridge Wells, which has a long history of associations with the show. From a screening of a classic Peter Cushing Dalek movie to more recent fan films, we will be taking full advantage of Trinity’s superb theatre." [Stephen Elsden/Compaid, Kent News, 14 Dec 2011]

Basil Brush is appearing at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton in Aladdin, and imparted a joke from his co-star: "I like Bobby Davro. I collect jokes and he told me a good one. What is Dr Who’s favourite food? Dalek bread. He is my friend for life now." [Northampton Chronicle, 16 Dec 2011]

United States

Rory Williams aka Arthur Darvill has made it through the first round of Chicago Redeye's Best TV Character Tournament. The Doctor Who character was up against True Blood's Eric Northman and won the face-off with 50%/49%. Round two has started with Rory facing Breaking Bad's Walter White and continues until the end of the week. [Chicago Redeye, 14 Dec 2011]

Update: Rory made it through round two, easily beating Walter White with 63% to 36%. The quarter final sees him against Sons of Anarchy's Clay Morrow, which at the time of writing sees the Doctor's travelling companion way ahead with 71% to 28%. Voting ends on Tuesday.

Skokie resident Allegra Rosenburg is a local Doctor Who fan celebrity thanks to her love of "Trock Rock" aka "Time Lord Rock", a sub-genre of pop that celebrates the show. The teenager is popular at conventions, and has even been praised by writer Neil Gaiman who said: "Took me 3 years of scribbling and rewrites to make 45 minutes of Dr. Who, summed up in 2:29 by a smart girl with a ukulele." [Chicago Tribune, 14 Dec 2011]


Cultureshock Events have announced two special evenings with sci-fi actor Mark Sheppard (Canton, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon), taking place in February. The actor will be the guest for Q&As in Sydney (7th) and Brisbane (8th), following on from hosting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Melbourne on the 4th February. [Dallas Jones/Cultureshock Events, 17 Dec 2011]

Christmas Special: Latest ImagesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released new promotional images for the forthcoming Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

The ten new images are made up of screen captures depicting a number of scenes and effects from the story.

Bonhams Auction ResultsBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Yesterday saw Bonham's Entertainment Memorabilia auction take place, in which a range of costumes from 21st Century Doctor Who were available to bid upon, originating from Angels The Costumiers, plus the preliminary artwork for the 1964 The Dalek Book and a spaceship prop from Battlefield.

The Battlefield spaceship (#154a) reached its estimate of £5000, but the surprise sale of the auction turned out to be the Clockwork Droid costume (#162), estimated at £400 but also going for £5000!

Unsurprisingly the Doctor's costumes all performed well at the auction, well in excess of their estimates: John Smith's teacher costume (#173/£1500/£2125); John Smith's suit (#174/£600/£938); John Smith's pyjamas (#175/£600/£1125); John Smith's coat/hat/scarf (#176/£400/£1250); and the Doctor's wedding outfit from The Big Bang (#191/£1800/£2625).

Other items that far exceeded their original estimates include: The Dalek Book artwork (#154/£700/£1500), William Shakespeare's costume (#166/£500/£1625), Martha's maid costume (#167/£400/£1000), Rosita's costume (#184/£350/£1375), Van Gogh's costume (#188/£450/£1250), and Dorium's costume (#185/£350/£1375).

The final prices of the items are listed below, which is inclusive of the Buyer's premium.

LotDescriptionEstimate (£)Final Price
154Preliminary artwork for The Dalek Book (1964)500-7001500
154aSpaceship model from Battlefield4500-50005000
155Doctor Constantine costume from The Empty Child400-500813
156Adherent of the Repeated Meme costume from The End of the World250-300750
157Partial Sycorax costume from The Christmas Invasion350-400563
158Sisters of Plenitude tunic from New Earth200-300875
159Maid's costume from Tooth and Claw100-150400
160The Host cloak from Tooth and Claw150-200475
161Guardian monk's robes from Tooth and Claw200-300438
162Clockwork Droid costume from The Girl in the Fireplace300-4005000
163Two Roboform costumes (one pos worn by Tennant) from The Runaway Bride400-500437
164A Slab guard costume from Smith and Jones300-400225
165Lilith's nightdress and slippers from The Shakespeare Code150-250325
166William Shakespeare's costume from The Shakespeare Code400-5001625
167Frank's costume from Daleks in Manhattan500-600400
168Tallulah's costume from Daleks in Manhattan150-200688
169Laszlo's human and pig slave costumes from Daleks in Manhattan300-400475
170Two Pig Slave costumes from Daleks in Manhattan250-300500
171Mr. Diagoras's costume from Daleks in Manhattan200-300438
172Solomon's costume from Daleks in Manhattan250-300250
173John Smith's Teacher costume from Human Nature1000-15002125
174John Smith's suit from Human Nature500-600938
175John Smith's pyjamas from Human Nature400-6001125
176John Smith's overcoat/hat/scarf from Human Nature300-4001250
177Martha's maid costume from Human Nature300-4001000
178Baines's costume from Human Nature200-300625
179Lucy/Jenny/Rocastle costumes from Human Nature300-4001063
180Futurekind Chieftain costume from Utopia400-500600
181Lucius Petrus Dextrus's costume from The Fire of Pompeii300-400375
182Quintus and Lucius costumes from The Fires of Pompeii400-500688
183UNIT Trooper part costume from The Sontaran Strategum200-300563
184Rosita's costume from The Next Doctor250-3501375
185Four Smilers costumes from The Beast Below400-5001500
186Four Winders part costumes from The Beast Below250-350813
187Guido's costume from The Vampires of Venice600-700unsold
188Vincent Van Gogh's costume from Vincent and the Doctor350-4501250
189Dorium Maldovar's costume from The Pandorica Opens250-3501375
190Rory's Wedding outfit from The Big Bang400-600688
191The Doctor's Wedding Guest outfit from The Big Bang1200-18002625

Win Doctor Who Series 6 SoundtrackBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 December 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who News is offering readers the chance to win a copy of Doctor Who: Series 6 by Murray Gold, Ben Foster and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Doctor Who: Series 6 (Original Television Soundtrack)
Music written by Murray Gold, performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conducted by Ben Foster

The original music from Doctor Who Series 6. Murray Gold's amazing music for Doctor Who goes from strength to strength. The seventh Doctor Who release of Murray Gold's exhilarating music looks sets to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors which have scored outstanding sales and chart positions including three of the titles featuring in the top 75 UK Album Chart.

Released: 19th December 2011

(available to pre-order now from our Amazon Shop)
We have three copies of the CD up for grabs courtesy of Silva Screen Records. To be in for a chance of winning the competition, simply complete the following verse from the nursery rhyme which was played during the final seconds of Closing Time:

Tick, tock, goes the clock, he cradled and he rocked her.
Tick, tock, goes the clock, ________________________.

Send your answer with your name and address to us at, with the subject line Series 6 CD Competition.

This competition closed on the 23rd December 2011

Doctor Who - favourite show for Christmas?Bookmark and Share

Friday, 16 December 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This week has seen Doctor Who become the favourite with bookies for being the Top Show on Christmas Day, as speculation continues over the impact of Downton Abbey and Eastenders going head-to-head later in the evening...

                                           William Hill   Betfair   Oddsbet    SkyBet    Bet365
comb 3:00 The Queens Speech 100/1 100/1 80/1 100/1
ITV1 6:00 Emmerdale 80/1 100/1 66/1 100/1
BBC1 6:30 The Gruffalo's Child 14/1 16/1 16/1 12/1 16/1
BBC1 7:00 Doctor Who 5/4 5/4 7/4 6/4 5/4
ITV1 7:00 All Stars Family Fortunes 100/1 150/1 100/1 150/1
BBC1 8:00 Strictly Come Dancing 20/1 16/1 25/1 16/1
ITV1 8:00 Coronation Street 16/1 55/1 20/1 16/1 20/1
BBC1 9:00 Eastenders 5/4 13/5 5/4 7/4 5/4
ITV1 9:00 Downton Abbey 5/1 27/5 5/1 4/1 5/1
BBC1 10:00 Absolutely Fabulous 25/1 25/1 33/1 25/1

The winning programme will be the one that achieves the highest BARB overnight rating.