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Sunday, 25 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
David Tennant is to star in a new 3D-CGI film version of children's television hero Postman Pat in Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're The One, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the show; the actor will lend his vocal talents to the film alongside Rupert Grint, Jim Broadbent, with the voice of Pat to be provided by Stephen Mangan. [Mirror, 16th Sep]

Meanwhile, a pair of pants signed by the actor and the rest of the West End cast of Much Ado About Nothing was able to raise £252 for the Make A Difference Foundation. [Daily Record, 25th Sep]

Arthur Darvill (Rory) will be performing as one of a multitude of cast for the Bush Theatre's production of Sixty Six Books: "Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, each book of this great English work is spoken to by a remarkable range of playwrights, poets, songwriters and novelists from all faiths and none, from over a dozen countries and across five continents." The performances run between 10th-29th October. [Bush Theatre]

Steven Moffat was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special at this year's Emmy Awards; however, the Sherlock writer lost out on the night to Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes. [Academy of Television Arts and Sciences]

Alex Kingston (River Song) will be joining the cast of BBC drama Upstairs, Downstairs; her character, Blanche Mottershead, is described as "a free-thinking and outspoken archaeologist who smokes cheroots and who is fond of a 'little light nudism'". The actress said of the role: "I simply couldn't resist the opportunity to get inside the iconic 165 Eaton Place. I can say the character is very complex, very intriguing and very straight-talking. She has some very dark secrets of her own." [BBC News, Mail on Sunday, 25th Sep]

Arlene Tur (Vera in Torchwood: Miracle Day) talks about her new production: "I started my producing career recently. I've been producing a show called Homeless Improvement, which is a show where we come alongside homeless people who want to become a part of society and get reunited with their family, so we work with them to do that. We've filmed it and now we're shopping it around for distribution and there are some networks that are interested so we're excited about that. I have a real heart for philanthropy, I think we're made to give back – we're not meant to just take while we're here. I do a lot of mission work abroad so it was wonderful to take on a project where I'm helping people in the States, because I tend to go away usually." [Stuff, 25th Sep]

Bernard Cribbins (Wilf) will be talking about his experiences in the angling world at The Lands End pub in Landsend Lane, Twyford on 19th November. A keen angler himself, the actor has also produced films for the angling world. [Get Wokingham, 21st Sep]

Closing Time: Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
5.3 million watched Doctor Who: Closing Time on Saturday, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The the programme had an audience share of 24.6%. It was the third highest rated show of the day and the highest rated programme on the BBC.

On overnights the episode lost out to All Star Family Fortunes on ITV1, which achieved an average of 5.6 million viewers. Doctor Who should regain the lead when final figures are released next week.

Doctor Who's lead-in Celebrity MasterChef had an average of 2.4 million viewers and the winner on the night was once more The X Factor, which had 10.0 million watching. Fourth for the day was Match of the Day with 3.9 million watching.

With one day to come Doctor Who is the 24th most watched programme of the week.

The God Complex: Australian ratingsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 September 2011 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The God Complex has debuted in Australia to respectable ratings. TV Tonight reports that, up against the football finals on the commercial stations, the episode averaged 591,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the second highest rating drama and the eighth highest rating programme for the day overall. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown rated 408,000 viewers in the five major capitals. These overnight figures, however, do not include regional, rural and time-shifted viewers and hence significantly understate the actual national ratings.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, the latest episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood: Miracle Day (both on Prime) rated 119,850 viewers and 77,780 viewers respectively.

Next Time: The Wedding of River SongBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Next Saturday sees the premiere of The Wedding of River Song - the final episode in the current series of Doctor Who - broadcast on BBC1/BBC1HD at 7:05pm, 1st October in the United Kingdom; it then follows on SPACE in Canada at 8:00pm ET, on BBC America in the United States at 9:00pm ET, and on ABC1 in Australia at 7:30pm on the 8th October.

The BBC synopsis for the episode follows, which might be considered a spoiler:

As the Doctor makes his final journey to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah, he knows only one thing can keep the universe safe – his own death – in the concluding episode of this series of the time-travelling drama. But has he reckoned without the love of a good woman?

The Wedding of River Song: Trailer, BBC, via YouTube - may not play outside of the United Kingdom

The Wedding of River Song: Next Time Trailer, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom

The BBC have also released an introduction to the episode in the form of a special scene taking place before the story begins:

The Wedding of River Song: Prequel, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom
Alternatively there is a YouTube version.

Stonewall Award nominations 2011Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The nominations for the sixth annual Stonewall Awards have been announced, and include the following recognisable names amongst this year's shortlists:
  • Matt Smith features in the Entertainer of the Year category, nominated for his role as Christopher Isherwood in the recent BBC film Christopher and His Kind; other shortlisted include Jane Hazlegrove (Kathleen Dixon in Casualty), Harry Derbridge (The Only Way is Essex), Christopher Plummer (Hal in Beginners) and Jessie J (singer).
  • Torchwood features in the Broadcast of the Year category, alongside other shows like Lip Service (BBC3), The World’s Worst Place to be Gay (BBC3), The Night Watch (BBC2), and Jamie’s Dream School (Channel 4).

The awards take place on 3rd November at the V&A in London - see the Stonewall site for full details.

Closing Time: BBC PublicityBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This evening sees the penultimate episode of this series of Doctor Who, Closing Time, and the BBC have released two short preview clips to introduce the episode, plus a brief introduction from the episode's director Steve Hughes alongside guest star James Corden:

Closing Time: Preview Clip 1, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom

Closing Time: Preview Clip 2, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom

Closing Time: Introduction with Steve Hughes and James Corden, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom

Radio One presenter Greg James will be making a cameo appearance in the episode, and on Wednesday he broadcast his experiences on set for filming back in March; this can be heard worldwide via the BBC iPlayer until 28th September (segment starts from 1:40:38).

The Girl Who Waited: Chart PositionBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Ratings
Final figures show Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited was the 13th most watched programme of the week.

Final Figures include those who record the programme and watch it within seven days, but do not include those watching on iPlayer where a million have so far accessed the episode. The included figures helped Doctor Who edge ahead of a episode of Coronation Street to take the 13th position.

Torchwood Episode Nine finished the week as number 36 in the chart.

Roath Lock Opens for BusinessBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The new BBC Drama Centre in Cardiff, the future home of Doctor Who, has opened for business.

The BBC's internal magazine Ariel reports that the purpose built studio complex at Roath Lock on Cardiff Bay is ready for business just fourteen months after construction started and nine months after the topping out ceremony, making it one of the quickest builds in the history of the BBC. The building is part of the BBC's desire to move 50% of its budget outside London with Cardiff being designated as a centre of excellence for drama, mostly because of the success of Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Casualty is the first programme to move in and began filming at the site today, Friday, after the programme transferred from its previous base in Bristol. It will be joined in the next few weeks by the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm which will enjoy a 360 degree set with nine walk in sets. Upstairs Downstairs will also be filmed in the centre where 1930's London is currently being recreated in three studios ready for the six part series to start filming in a fortnight.

The studios will be officially opened in March when Doctor Who relocates to the centre from its current home at leased studios in Upper Boat, Pontypridd, ready for filming the 33rd series of the show. The studio complex is owned by the Welsh Goverment and leased to the BBC under a 20 year deal for around £1.35m per year. It features the biggest BBC Studio in the country and what is believed to be the largest green screen facility in Europe. In total there are nine studios and three external lots. Because of the coastal nature of the site Hawks are being employed to keep the lots free of Seagulls.

The building's exterior has been designed to represent the key shows which will be occupying it. First Aid crosses for Casualty, silhouettes of hills and floral cut-outs for Pobol y Cwm, and sci-fi gothic for Doctor Who.

Next Time: Open All HoursBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released three video clips to introduce the next edition of Doctor Who Confidential, Open All Hours, which is due to be broadcast on Saturday 24th September on BBC3/BBCHD at 8:00pm, straight after Closing Time.

Confidential is on set with Matt Smith and his returning co-star James Corden. The two make their very own Doctor Who episode with a difference and talk about the highs and lows of shooting at night - in a department store, with babies!

Spend the night with Greg James and listen to his insightful, in-depth character profile of his new role.

This week, experience 'A Day in the Life' of a Doctor Who location manager, and in Script to Screen, the competition winners get to hang out with Matt Smith on set for the filming of Death is the Only Answer.

Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, James Corden, Greg James, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

Open All Hours: Guess Who's Back, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom
Alternatively there is a YouTube version.

Open All Hours: Craig and the Dalek, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom
Alternatively there is a YouTube version.

Open All Hours: Matt Smith the Artist, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom
Alternatively there is a YouTube version.

The episode will be available via the BBC iPlayer after broadcast until 8th October.

The BBC have also released a number of publicity photographs for Closing Time:


Coming Soon: The Curse of Clyde LangerBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released details for Week 41, which includes the synopses for the two episodes comprising the second story in the fifth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Curse of Clyde Langer; the episodes are due to broadcast on CBBC on Monday 10th October and Tuesday 11th October respectively - no time has been confirmed though it is expected that it will be at 5:15pm, the time of broadcast for the preceeding week's story, Sky.

Synopses for The Curse of Clyde Langer - can be considered a spoiler!

Alien investigator Sarah Jane Smith is back and in today's episode some very unusual weather hits Bannerman Road.

It's raining fish from the skies, and Sarah Jane's investigations lead the gang to the Museum of Culture, where the ancient god Hetocumtek may offer answers.

But when Clyde acts the fool once too often, family and friends savagely turn against him, and he is thrown out of their lives!
In today's episode, Clyde is alone and abandoned on the streets of London, living rough, cold and hungry. One person reaches out to him, but as they become friends, he's warned about the legendary Night Dragon.

In Bannerman Road, Sky knows something's wrong – why do Sarah Jane and Rani suddenly hate Clyde?

The Wedding of River Song: Schedules ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 September 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who will go head to head with The X Factor, when the series finale is transmitted on Saturday 1st October.

The Wedding of River Song has been scheduled for 7.05pm on BBC One, directly following on from the first live Saturday show of this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The programme forms part of a double bill of fantasy on the channel with the story being followed by the season premier of Merlin.

Both are up against ITV1's biggest hitter in the form of The X Factor which starts at 7.30pm, half way through Doctor Who. The contest has reached the stage where celebrity guest stars will help whittle the number of contestants down from 32 to the final 16. The first half of Doctor Who will face All Star Family Fortunes, which just edged ahead of Doctor Who on overnight figures last week. This edition features Christopher Bisson of Emmerdale and McFly's Harry Judd.

Against the Doctor, BBC Two will be showing Frost on Nixon, not the film but an interview with TV presenter David Frost talking to broadcaster Joan Bakewell about his landmark interviews with former US president Richard Nixon. Channel 4 will be showing Channel 4 News followed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the 2009 spin-off prequel from the action fantasy X-Men series, starring Hugh Jackman. Channel Five will be showing the 1965 film Battle of the Bulge, starring Henry Fonda and Robert Shaw.
The Sarah Jane Adventures will return at 5.15pm on CBBC on Monday 3rd October, with episode two being shown at the same time on Tuesday.

Doctor Who Magazine 439Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The new Doctor Who Magazine (out 22nd September) previews the finale of the current series, The Wedding of River Song, and interviews star Alex Kingston about River Song's forthcoming nuptials...
Towards the end of this episode, we have one of the most exciting sequences we’ve ever done. While this battle is going on, there are scenes between the Doctor, River, Amy and Rory where the final jigsaw pieces are put in place. Um ... let’s put it this way: there’s a big revelation about River, and River gets a big revelation about the Doctor...

Also in this issue:
  • Business Unusual: DWM catches up with Gareth Roberts and finds out about his latest episode, Closing Time, his forthcoming novelisation of Douglas AdamsShada, and how to write for the most complex character on TV – the Doctor!
  • The Girl Who Waited - and the Boy Who Wrote It: DWM chats to Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, Amy and Rory Pond, about the heart-breaking episode The Girl Who Waited – and interviews the story’s writer Tom MacRae about his remarkable script, the immersive theatre production Crash of the Elysium and the secrets of creating great drama.
  • Parting is such sweet sorrow: Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s showrunner, says fond farewells and recalls initial encounters with two of the most important people on the show in Production Notes.
  • Expect the Unexpected: What do Buddy Holly, Alan Turning and the dodo have in common? Discover the answer in the second part of the thrilling new comic strip adventure The Child Of Time, by Jonathan Morris with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • Past and Future Glories: DWM revisits Doctor Who’s tenth season – five fantastic stories, featuring Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, that celebrated the past and lay seeds for the future – as Countdown to 50 continues.
  • Delete! Delete! 108 episodes of Doctor Who have been wiped from the archives and no longer exist. That’s terrible, right? Or is it? Jonny Candon and Toby Hadoke argue the surprising pros and cons in the latest Battle of Wits.
  • It'll be all Reich on the Night: River Song herself, Alex Kingston, takes DWM behind the scenes of Let's Kill Hitler and reveals her thoughts on River’s past – and future – in Doctor Who...
  • You Gotta Have Faith! A creepy clown, Weeping Angels and a marauding Minotaur – yes, it’s possibly the weirdest story this year, The God Complex! DWM chats on set to the cast and crew of this a-maze-ing tale, including stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, writer Toby Whithouse and the Minotaur itself – Spencer Wilding.
  • The Final Adventures: Phil Ford, head writer on The Sarah Jane Adventures, gives DWM readers an exclusive preview of what to expect in all three stories of the fifth and final series of the popular CBBC spin-off from Doctor Who.
  • Excuse David, he's a bit of a fan... David Walliams, star of The God Complex, talks about his memorable role as the cowardly alien, Gibbis, and confesses his long-term love of all things Doctor Who.
  • Boom! Boom! Emma, Chris, Michael and Will take a trip to sunny Wales and watch the Ninth Doctor, Rose, Captain Jack and Mickey take on Margaret Slitheen – what on Earth will The Time Team make of Boom Town?

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions and a prize-winning crossword.

Christmas Guest Stars RevealedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 September 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Outnumbered star Claire Skinner will be joining the Doctor Who team for the 2011 Christmas Special. Skinner, who was spotted last week filming for the special, will play a super-mum, Madge Arwell, in the story set in the middle of winter during World War II.

Showrunner Steven Moffat promises the episode will be the 'most Christmassy ever' with a chase through a 'Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe' type forest, complete with an ice villain. The story sees the Doctor acting as the caretaker of a creepy old house in Dorset before embarking on an adventure with Madge and her two children Lily and Cyril.

Moffat said how much he enjoyed writing the Christmas special for Matt Smith:
The Doctor at Christmas - nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it's so his kind of day - everything's bright and shiny, everybody's having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith's is the one that was born for this time of year - so it's the best news possible that he's heading back down the chimney.

Joining Skinner will be comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong (who also plays Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures), Fast Show veteran Arabella Weir, and comedian Bill Bailey, who said on Twitter:
Tour done, wine is on,thanks to all who came along-back to Blighty to film Doctor Who Christmas Special..Onward!

Claire Skinner

Claire Skinner is currently starring as Sue Brockman in the BBC One hit Comedy Outnumbered, which is currently in its fourth series.

She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and her first role was in Hanky Park, by Walter Greenwood at the Oldham Repertory Theatre. She later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company appearing in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic. On stage she has appeared in Charley's Aunt, Othello and most recently in Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. Film roles include parts in Sleepy Hollow, Bridget Jones's Diary and And When Did You Last See Your Father?

She is married to Doctor Who director Charles Palmer.
Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey is an English comedian, musician and actor.

Best known for his stand-up work, Bailey is a well known figure on many comedy panel shows, such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You, Just a Minute and QI.

Bailey was listed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy in 2003. In 2007 and again in 2010, he was voted the 7th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups. He provided the voice of the sperm whale in the 2005 film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and has had parts in Burke and Hare, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Skins.
Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong is is a British comedian, actor and television presenter.

He co-starred in four series of Armstrong and Miller from 1997 to 2001 alongside his university contemporary Ben Miller. He played David Cameron in the satirical fictional documentary The Trial of Tony Blair and a sex-addicted guest in Hotel Babylon in 2007. He appeared in the 2007 Christmas Special of the classic BBC sitcom To the Manor Born playing Adam fforbes-Hamilton, the nephew of Audrey DeVere. He has provided the voice of Mr Smith, an alien computer, in The Sarah Jane Adventures since the series began in 2007.

He currently hosts the BBC daily Quiz show Pointless.
Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir is a British comedian, actress and writer.

She is best known for her roles in The Fast Show and for writing several books including the international best seller Does My Bum Look Big In This? She is a regular contributer to the BBC2 comedy series, Grumpy Old Women. She makes regular appearances in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Smelling of Roses and "Down the Line". Weir played an alternate female version of the Doctor in the Big Finish play Exile. In the E4 teen drama/comedy Skins she appeared as as the mother of Michelle Richardson.

Production continued for the Special this week, with the cast and crew settling in for filming yesterday at Uskmouth Power Station.

Details on filming at the power station that may be considered spoilers.

The site was set up to look like a futuristic corridor. A fire engine was also in attendance, and earlier reports had indicated that a canal boat was to be "blown up", though it is believed that such an idea was dropped due to health and safety issues at the power station. Matt Smith (or stunt double) was also seen at the location.

Photo: Steven Joes, via Yfrog

Photo: Steven Joes, via Yfrog

(with thanks via Twitter to: Steven Joes, Stez Hughes)

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 5 TrailerBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 - Reported by Harry Ward
CBBC has released a 40 second trailer for Series 5 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The first two episodes of the final series, Sky, will broadcast on the CBBC channel on the 3rd and 4th of October. Times are still to be confirmed.

Exclusive series five trailer, BBC, via the CBBC Sarah Jane Adventures site - may not play outside of the United Kingdom