Immortal Sins: UK overnight viewing figuresBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 August 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Torchwood:Immortal Sins achieved an average audience of 3.4 million viewers on BBC One and BBC One HD, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure was the same as last week, although this week the main opposition came not from Big Brother, but from the first network showing of the feature film, The Duchess staring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, which gave BBC Two an average of 3.1 million viewers between 9pm and 10.40pm.

The seventh in the Torchwood series had 14.9% of the audience share and was the 10th most watched programme of the day. ITV1 was showing Show Me the Funny Live Final which had 2.6 million viewers. Torchwood started with 3.8 million viewers for the first quarter, which fell to 3.2 million, before recovering to 3.4 million.

As always the overnight figure is only half the story with the final ratings, which include those who record the programme and watch it within seven days, being released in 10 days time.

Mondays late night repeat of episode Six, The Middle Men. was watched by 0.3 million.

The premiere broadcast of the episode on Starz on 19th August achieved 662,000 viewers on its 9pm showing, with an additional 255,000 on the 11pm repeat that night. This gave an overall total of 917,000 viewers, showing an increase of 14% over the audience for The Middle Men the previous week.

Week 9 SchedulesBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 August 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has confirmed that episode Nine of the current series of Doctor Who, Night Terrors will be shown at 7pm on Saturday 3rd Sepetmber.

The start time is similar to that of the previous week's episode, Let's Kill Hitler which will be shown at 7.10pm this Saturday.

On BBC One Night Terrors will follow the second celebrity edition of All New Total Wipeout, which this week features comedian Dom Joly, former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, actress Susie Amy and retired footballer Neil Ruddock. It is followed by The National Lottery: Secret Fortune.

ITV 1 will be showing a brand new series during Doctor Who, pitting the Time Lord up against his old enemy Ant and Dec. The Geordie duo will host a new game show, Red of Black?, in which contestants guess the outcomes of a series of challenges for the chance to win £1million on the spin of a wheel. It was Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway which provided the opposition to Rose, the first Doctor Who episode after the series took is long haiitus, it was a battle which Doctor Who won with 10.6 million viewers to Ant and Dec's 7.2 million.

The on the day winner is likely to be The X Factor at 8.15pm.

BBC Two will offer Flog It as an alternative to Doctor Who asking if a Monart vase, a bronze or naval memorabilia will bring home a profit.

Channel 4 offers Great Migrations, an insight into the motives that drive such creatures as walruses, whale sharks, zebras, orang-utans and plankton to migrate. while Channel Five has One-Day International Cricket, England v India.

Coming Soon: The Girl Who WaitedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released details for Week 37, which includes the synopsis of tenth episode of the current series of Doctor Who, The Girl Who Waited; this is due to be broadcast on BBC1/BBC1HD on Saturday 10th September, with the broadcast time yet to be confirmed.


Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – as the time-travelling drama continues.

The Doctor can use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own. He must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the alien doctors can administer their medicine.

Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?

The episode is written by Tom MacRae and directed by Nick Hurran.

Next Time: Immortal SinsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Next Thursday (25th August) sees the seventh episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day premiering in the UK, with Immortal Sins being broadcast at 9:00pm on BBC1/BBC1HD. The episode will also be repeated on BBC2/BBCHD the following Monday at 11:20pm, and available to watch online in the UK via the BBC iPlayer until 23rd September.


Gwen must fight to protect her family, and takes a terrifying journey covering both miles and decades as the long history of the Miracle is revealed.

Torchwood: Immortal Sins trailer, BBC, via iPlayer - may not play outside of the United Kingdom
Alternatively there is a YouTube version.

Torchwood: Immortal Sins preview, BBC, via iPlayer - may not play outside of the United Kingdom


2012 SFX AwardsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
SFX have launched the Sci-Fi Awards for 2012, and unsurprisingly Doctor Who and Torchwood are suggestions for a number of the categories.

Both shows are suggested in the Best TV Show; others include Being Human, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Misfits, Primeval, and The Walking Dead. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are suggested for the Best Sci-Fi Actor and Actress categories, with the latter also featuring Alex Kingston (River Song), Suranne Jones (Idris) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper/Torchwood); other nominees include Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey for Being Human, Andrew Lincoln for The Walking Dead, and Antonia Thomas and Lauren Socha for Misfits. Myles and Jones also pop up in the Sexiest Female category, with John Barrowman represented in Sexiest Male.

Best Monster or Villain sees Madame Kovarian and The Silence suggested, against enemies such as The Red Skull from Captain America, Crowley (played by Doctor Who guest star Mark Sheppard) from Supernatural and Loki from Thor. Best Special Effect is represented by the opening sequence from A Good Man Goes To War; this competes against Asgard from Thor, Paul from Paul, and the train crash in Super 8.

Doctor Who is also suggested in the Best Collectable, Model, Toy or Boardgame category, with the Character Building TARDIS mini set competing with the Fifth Doctor and Tegan fancy dress outfits, plus items like Thor's Hammer and Captain America headphones.

Finally, the UK censored scenes of Jack from Torchwood: Miracle Day is mentioned in the Biggest Disappointment or Missed Opportunity category; this contains amongst other things the fairies in True Blood, Stan Lee absent from X-Men First Class, and Outcasts!

These are SFX's suggestions - you can actually vote for anything that has been released, published or broadcast between 15th December 2010 and 19th October 2011 via the voting site.

The winners will be revealed live at the SFX Weekender that takes place in early February 2012 and will be hosted by author Robert Rankin; the results will also be printed in Issue 219 of SFX (due out on the 8th February).

Doctor Who Insider - Issue 6Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The sixth edition of Doctor Who Insider will be available in North America from 1st September.

In this issue, Matt Smith looks to the future:
Steven Moffat told me about the first two episodes of next season yesterday and I nearly fell off my chair!

Also in this issue:

  • ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH... Matt Smith is back for adventures new as the Eleventh Doctor and he tells Doctor Who Insider what we have to look forward to.
  • BEING GREEN Insider talks exclusively to Neve McIntosh who has hidden beneath the scaly reptilian skin of three Silurians – sisters Alaya and Restac in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood and the sword wielding Madame Vastra in A Good Man Goes to War.
  • WARRIOR WOMAN Insider concludes its exclusive interview with Louise Jameson who played the Fourth Doctor’s companion, Leela. Louise gives us her thoughts on each of the nine stories in which she starred and on her continued involvement with Doctor Who.
  • A NEW DAY As the 1972 story Day of the Daleks is released on DVD, Insider discovers how the Third Doctor’s first clash with his old enemies has been given a 21st Century makeover for a Special Edition version of the story.
  • I WAS... LORD CHARLES CRANLEIGH Actor Michael Cochrane recalls his adventures with two different Doctors – as Lord Cranleigh in the two‐part historical story Black Orchid opposite Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, and as the barking mad Redvers Fenn‐Cooper with Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy in Ghost Light.
  • NEXUS POINT The moment of all moments takes its bow this issue as the Fourth Doctor asks himself "Do I have the right?" when the fate of the Daleks lies in his hands in Genesis of the Daleks.
  • DATA FILE The First Doctor kicks off a new series of Data Files as we examine the life and times of each Doctor and the companions who traveled with him.
  • TIME SCOOP The Doctor’s own people, the once all‐powerful, but ultimately doomed Time Lords of Gallifrey are caught in the Scoop this issue.
  • THE RECREATION GENERATOR In this special TARDIS themed edition, we present the winner and finalists of BBC AMERCIA’s recent Where’s the TARDIS? competition.
  • MERCHANDISE Previews of the latest Doctor Who merchandise, including Day of the Daleks on DVD, featuring an interview with Valentine Palmer who played the rebel leader, Monia. Authors James Goss and Darren Jones discuss Hounds and Horror as their talking books, The Hounds of Artemis and The Eye of the Jungle are published by AudioGO. Writer Jonathan Morris tells us how he approached writing for the Weeping Angels in his latest Doctor Who novel, Touched by an Angel. And David J Howe updates us on the latest Doctor Who merchandise including a new range of 8” Doctor Who figures and plush Daleks!
PLUS! The latest official news and a giant, double‐sided poster of the Eleventh Doctor with Madame Vastra and the First Doctor.

For subscription information, visit the USA or UK websites.

Doctor Who Magazine 438Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The new Doctor Who Magazine (out 25th August) celebrates the return of Doctor Who to our screens this weekend, with previews of the first four stories in this second half of the series, Let's Kill Hitler, Night Terrors, The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex, plus interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Tom MacRae and Toby Whithouse.

On the controversial title of the first episode:
Matt Smith: It’s Steven [Moffat, writer of Let’s Kill Hitler] being brilliant and mischievous. Also, it’s a direct reference to a line in the episode...

Karen Gillan: Pretty intense laughter from me, too, when Steven told us. It’s just the best title ever… We were, like, ‘Amazing.’ I just love it, because it sounds a little bit controversial. But the subject matter is tackled really well in the episode...

Steven Moffat: Hitler was through and through, appallingly, disgustingly evil. Hitler would be deeply pissed off to know that we treated him as a minor comic character in an episode of Doctor Who. But actually the Hitler story is a bit of a red herring. It’s actually a blatant continuation of A Good Man Goes to War...

Also in this issue:
  • Tough Crowd Doctor Who’s showrunner Steven Moffat faces his toughest crowd, in what his wife describes as "the best interview he’s ever given", in Production Notes.
  • Herr Today Actor Albert Welling is interrogated by DWM about his role in Doctor Who as the (second) greatest war criminal in history – Adolf Hitler.
  • Look, Who's Talking? DWM tries to get a word in edgeways as Matt Smith and the guest star in The God Complex, David Walliams, interview each other!
  • Miracle Workers Writer Jane Espenson, Tom Price (Sgt Andy Davidson) and Bill Pullman (convicted killer Oswald Danes) talk exclusively to DWM about their role in the spectacular new spin-off from Doctor Who, Torchwood: Miracle Day.
  • Perfect Day The classic 1972 story Day of the Daleks just got better! DWM finds out how a Special Edition of this classic 1972 Third Doctor story was created for its much-anticipated DVD release, and talks to the men responsible: producer Steve Broster, audio expert Mark Ayres and the voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs.
  • Monster Invasion DWM takes a nostalgic look back at the 1972 season of Doctor Who – a series that saw the Third Doctor face the Sea Devils, the Ice Warriors and the dreaded Daleks – as our Countdown To 50 continues.
  • A New Direction The Doctor is dead, the world is in turmoil and only Donna Noble can save the Earth! The Fact of Fiction looks back to the acclaimed 2008 adventure Turn Left and uncovers the many secrets hidden within the story.
  • Tweet, Tweet! Want to know what the Sixth Doctor is doing right now? Or fancy reading what the writers of Doctor Who are thinking about today? Then you need Twitter! DWM proudly presents an invaluable guide to the Doctor Who people you should follow in 2011.
  • Kids These Days ... It’s been the subject of much heated debate: have fans today never had it so good? Or were things more fun in the "good old days", before Doctor Who became so easily accessible? Johnny Candon and Toby Hadoke argue the pros and cons of the case in A Battle of Wits!
  • Mum's the Word It was Steven Moffat’s first script for Doctor Who, and introduced the character of Captain Jack Harkness. But what will The Time Team make of the 2005 Ninth Doctor and Rose adventure, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances?
  • The Impossible Chrononaut The Doctor and Amy pursue the impossible girl, Chiyoko, through time and space – and get a nasty surprise when then catch up with her – in the first part of a brand new comic strip adventure, The Child Of Time, by Jonathan Morris with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • Who's Round? The mysterious Watcher discusses the Doctor’s drinking, challenges readers with the Six Faces of Delusion and celebrates another unsung hero from the supporting cast in Wotcha!
PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions and a prize-winning crossword.

Doctor Who: Death Is The Only AnswerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
During the course of this summer, a competition was run by the BBC Learning Department and Doctor Who Confidential to promote creativity in schools by writing a short Doctor Who script featuring the Doctor, a monster and an adversary.

The BBC Press Office have now reported that the winning entry, Death Is The Only Answer, was written by pupils of Oakley Junior School in Basingstoke, and chosen by Doctor Who's head writer Steven Moffat, executive producers Beth Willis and Piers Wenger, and the Controller of BBC Learning, Saul Nassé.

Steven Moffat said:
I loved the shortlisted scripts, there was so much skill and enthusiasm on display that it was actually genuinely, very, very difficult to judge. There was some really, really skilled writing, it was very exciting how they caught the voice of the Doctor and how they used the always stringent limitations of Doctor Who to their advantage.

I come from a family of teachers, I was a teacher, my father's a teacher, my sister's a teacher. We go back teacher generations so it's hard wired for me to want the approval of teachers, so I'm very, very thrilled that its gone down so well with the schools that took part.

Saul Nassé said:
We've been delighted by the response from schools to the competition. We really wanted to motivate children to learn new writing skills and create the next generation of storytellers. Schools have really engaged in the competition and the standard of the writing has shown us that there is a wealth of talent out there which we have been able to tap into and hopefully encourage in the future. It's a great example of a really popular BBC show inspiring people do something truly educational.

The winning script has been made into a "mini-episode" to feature on BBC3 on 1st October, the same day as Doctor Who's series finale, The Wedding of River Song, is scheduled to be broadcast. Doctor Who Confidential followed the whole production process of making the episode from script through to filming, which will form part of this weekend's edition straight after Let's Kill Hitler at 8:00pm over on BBC3.

The Doctor himself, Matt Smith, added when recording the episode:
It was so clever, we were all just bowled over, it was a brilliant script.

Kevin Downing, a Year Six teacher at the school, said the pupils involved in the project were over the moon at winning:
Getting the call to say the pupils were on the shortlist of ten was an unbelievable moment – the thought that Steven Moffat himself would be reading their script! As for winning, it was the experience of a lifetime and one we'll never forget.

Details of the monster/adversary that the Doctor will face in the three minute special are to be revealed on broadcast.

(news Link: BBC News)

Anne RidlerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Anne RidlerThe actress Anne Ridler has died.

Anne Ridler played Gemma Corwyn the second-in-command of Space Station W3 in the 1968 Doctor Who story The Wheel in Space. After appearing in five episodes of the story she sacrificed her life to help the Second Doctor defeat the Cybermen.

Anne Ridler had a long and distinguished career first appearing on television in 1955 and going on to work on over 5 movies and 29 TV serials. Her first screen role was on TV with a regular spot alongside Francis Matthews in the Francis Durbridge series My Friend Charles. Her breakthrough came as a regular in Dixon of Dock Green, appearing as WP Sgt. Chris Freeman from 1962 to 1964. She had guest roles in Moonbase 3 in 1973 and The Tomorrow People in 1975 abd in the 1980' s she played voice of Kate Kestrel, Cy-Star and It-Star in Gerry Anderson's puppet-animated Terrahawks series.

She had small roles in the Hammer film Camp on Yangtse Incident (1957), the Michael Anderson-directed Blood Island (1958) and 633 Squadron (1963).

She played Jacqueline Shaffer in the Big Finish story Master.

Noel Collins 1937-2011Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Noel CollinsThe actor Noel Collins has died at the age of 74.

Noel Collins appeared in 3 episodes of the 1989 Doctor Who story Battlefield where he played Pat Rowlinson, the landlord of the hotel in which the Seventh Doctor and Ace stayed while investigating an inter-dimensional distress call.

Collins was best known for his role in the long running BBC police series Juliet Bravo, where he played Sergeant George Parrish throughout the six year run of the show. He also appeared in Play for Today, When the Boat Comes in and the comedy series Bread.

Collins retired at the age of 60 after being diagnosed with lung cancer and undergoing an operation which involved removing a lung. In the 1990's he joined 52 other claimants in a £17million lawsuit against cigarette giants Gallaher and Imperial Tobacco arguing that the companies had been negligent in not reducing the tar content in their cigarettes between 1957 and 1971 once it became obvious that smoking caused lung cancer.

Although the case was dropped in March 1999 Collins retained his anti smoking stance until his death. His widow Helen Collins paid tribute to her husband's bravery in the face of his illness. "He was content in his life but also stoic during the bad times. He became very anti-smoking but he lived through his illness as best he could. Even in his last week he was still getting Juliet Bravo fan mail which he found amusing. He loved the theatre and really enjoyed his career, but without being pretentious or boastful."

Noel Collins died on 15 August after losing his long battle with cancer.

Let's Kill Hitler: BBC PublicityBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC has released a new video in the lead-up to the premiere of Let's Kill Hitler this coming Saturday; here, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, producer Marcus Wilson and director Richard Senior discuss the premise behind the episode:

Cast and Crew discuss Let's Kill Hitler, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who Site (may not be available outside the United Kingdom)

A number of publicity photos to tie in with the episode have also been released:


Memoirs of an Edwardian Adventurer: updateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Will Brooks, co-author of the forthcoming Memoirs of an Edwardian Adventurer, has informed us that the pre-order date for the book has been pushed forward to 10:00pm this coming Friday, 26th August - this is in order to be able to launch the book as scheduled for 10th October.

Those who pre-order the book will have their names printed inside the book as a special thanks.

Reborn in a hospital morgue, stranded aboard a crashing air ship, lost in a universe without time and forced to wage a final bitter war against his greatest enemies...

For a Doctor that only made one TV appearance, in the 1996 TV Movie, the Eighth Doctor has lead a long and eventful life on audio. Since 2001, Big Finish have produced more than sixty audio plays featuring Paul McGann giving the character a life beyond the small screen.

In Memoirs of an Edwardian Adventurer, two dedicated Doctor Who fans set out to listen to each of these audio plays, one episode a day every day, in an attempt to experience a true ‘Eighth Doctor Era’. Along the way they discover the highs and lows of the series, from 2001’s Storm Warning through to 2011’s To the Death, via a short series of Sixth Doctor plays featuring ongoing companion Charley Pollard.

Written by Will Brooks (Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space) and Nick Mellish (Nick’s Little Bit of Net), sometimes examining the literary origins of the Eighth Doctor’s adventures, sometimes commenting on the strength of a story, and sometimes merely praising (or otherwise) a particular cast member, Memoirs of an Edwardian Adventurer is the definitive account of two fan’s experiences of the Eighth Doctor’s travels in time and space.

Win the Doctor and Amy!Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 - Reported by Marcus
With the return of Doctor Who to our screens this coming weekend (27th August), Star Cutouts are celebrating by offering the Doctor and Amy as prizes in our latest competition!

In order to win one of these (cardboard!) figures, simply answer the following question:

In which classic Doctor Who story did one of the Doctor's
companions end up becoming a cardboard figure?

The competition closing date is Saturday 3rd September, and is only open to those resident in the UK. To enter, email your answer to this address with the subject line Cardboard Doctor - the two winners chosen will receive the Doctor and Amy figures respectively.

Star Cutouts are Europe's largest dedicated manufacturer of life sized cardboard cut-outs, and the official licensee for full-sized Doctor Who characters. The latest figures in their collection are available from retailers like Forbidden Planet.

DVD development updateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Some news on possible future DVD releases emerged at the Fantom Films conventions held over the weekend:

Back in 1964, the story Planet of Giants had originally been filmed as a four-part story, but had the latter two episodes combined into one in order to tighten the plot for a better paced series opener. Though the original recording no longer exists, actress Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor's grand-daughter Susan, mentioned at the Dalek Invasion Earth convention that she had recently recorded an audio version of the original script for that fourth episode, The Urge to Live, which she believed is to be for a DVD release of the story.

Further 'lost' material also seems likely to see the light of day. Back in 1979 the final story of Season 17, Shada, had to be abandoned due to BBC strikes with only parts of the studio sessions completed; appearing at the Timelord Tales convention, both Victoria Burgoyne (Clare) and Daniel Hill (Chris) reported that they'd been involved in a new audio recording of the script for the unfilmed material, in which other original cast members participated including Lalla Ward (Romana). They also discussed the missing scenes being recreated in animation, and believed this could form part of a DVD release of the story in the future. (Producer Ian Levine has confirmed that the actors were talking about his production, but that the cast hope for an 'official' release.)

A recent fire at the Sony warehouse facilities in Enfield led to loss of much of the DVD and CD stock held there, including Doctor Who DVDs due to be distributed by 2|Entertain. However, the company has reported that this will not affect the release of Day of the Daleks, due out on the 12th September (available to pre-order).

The Restoration Team have recently revived their website that delves into the technical issues involved in restoring the classic Doctor Who stories for DVD release - the site had been in mothballs since The Space Museum/The Chase back in January 2010. The site is in the process of being brought up to date, and new articles have now been added for the first Revisitations boxed set and for Mannequin Mania.

Further snippets for DVD production have been tweeted by the Restoration Team; this includes an appeal by Chris Chapman for anybody who could provide contact details for Peter Walker (the young boy in The Reign of Terror) - if you can help please let him know.

10 Aug ClassicDW:  Something on COLONY DVD betrays original release date.

On release, see whether you can spot it!!!
10 Aug ClassicDW: Some hiccups solved - REVISITATIONS 3 takes one step closer to its 2012 release!
12 Aug Ed Stradling: Hoping to have the extra material for the Happiness/Dragonfire DVD set
finished by the end of today.
12 Aug RTnewsfeed: Busy times continue for Mark Ayres with a third new 5.1 surround mix
just commissioned.
13 Aug RTnewsdfeed: Can't move for Martians in Grading Suite 2 at TV Centre this afternoon!
14 Aug Ed Stradling: now off to TV Centre to deliver #doctorwho DVD feature i've done
with Nicholas Pegg
14 Aug Ed Stradling: have just finished grading the last complete Doctor Who episodes for DVD
14 Aug Ed Stradling: (although there may be some additional work in some cases)
15 Aug ClassicDW: Lovely piece about our talented team working on REIGN OF TERROR:
17 Aug Peter Crocker: 6 part Hartnell story finally delivered. Deleting 2.5TB data highly satisfying.
18 Aug Peter Crocker: I'd forgotten how much fun out-of-phase polygon telecine inserts of
scratched, dirty film can be.
19 Aug Ed Stradling: Soon interviewing Ronnie Marsh, ex BBC drama exec and de facto exec producer
of DW and many other shows. Tweet me your questions for him!