Doctor Who Christmas CardsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
DWAS 2014 Christmas Card (Credit: Doctor Who Appreciation Society)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have created a new Doctor Who themed Christmas card for 2014. The cards are A5-sized and can be purchased worldwide - full details can be found via their website.

Profits from the sale of the cards are to be donated to the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital Trust, whose vice president is sixth Doctor and the Society's own honorary president, Colin Baker.




Bernard Cribbins awarded J M Barrie AwardBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Veteran actor and presenter, and former Doctor Who Companion, Bernard Cribbins has been awarded the annual J M Barrie Award for a lifetime of unforgettable work for children on stage, film, television and record.

The Action for Children’s Arts J.M.Barrie Award is given annually to a children’s arts practitioner or organisation whose work, in the view of ACA, will stand the test of time. The J.M.Barrie Award was formerly the ACA Peter Pan Award, presented as part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Awards.

Bernard Cribbins has featured in many iconic BBC Children’s programmes over the last 40 years, including Jackanory, The Wombles, and most recently Old Jack’s Boat on CBeebies. In 2007 he appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, playing Wilfred Mott. The character returned in Series 4 where it was revealed Wilfred was the grandfather of Donna Noble and he had regular appearances in the series, ultimately being the catalyst for the tenth Doctor's regeneration at the conclusion of The End of Time.

Cribbins first contact with Doctor Who came in the 1966 feature film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., where he played Tom Campbell alongside Peter Cushing's portrayal of 'Dr Who'

The award was presented at the BBC's Headquarters at Broadcasting House in central London at a ceremony attended by the BBC’s Director General Tony Hall and a range of Cribbins colleagues from across the decades, including Chris Jarvis, CBeebies presenter and writer on Old Jack’s Boat; actress Jan Francis; former Blue Peter Presenter Peter Duncan; and Kate Robertson, daughter of Elisabeth Beresford, creator of the Wombles. Messages were received from Sir George Martin, Russell T Davies and John Barrowman.

Also in attendance were Jenny Agutter and Gary Warren, who played The Railway Children in the 1970 film, which co-starred Cribbins as station master Albert Perks.

Speaking about the event Joe Godwin Director of BBC Children’s said
I’m so pleased that the BBC and ACA have joined forces to give this wonderful award to a real hero of children’s film and television. Bernard has been a big part of so many of our childhoods, and now as the star of Old Jack’s Boat, he’s a huge star for a new generation.
Russell T Davies who has worked with Bernard Cribbins on Doctor Who and most recently on the CBeebies series Old Jack Boat sent a message:
It is brilliant to see children’s arts being recognised in this way. The art, fiction and images we see as a child stay with us for the rest of our lives’




Series 8 OverviewBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released figures on the performance of Series 8 of Doctor Who, the first series with Peter Capaldi taking up the role of The Doctor.

The series had an average consolidated audience of 7.4m viewers every week in the UK. This an increase of 39% on the initial overnight figures reported the day after broadcast. The 9.2m average audience that watched Deep Breath, Peter Capaldi's debut episode, is the highest figure for a non-special episode (Christmas/50th anniversary) since the opening episode of series 5 (Matt Smith’s debut) in 2010. These figures show how Doctor Who has consistently achieved big audiences across the last three series – series 7a/7b combined had an average consolidated audience of 7.4m, series 6a/6b attracted 7.5m and series 5 was viewed by 7.3m.

There has been over 18.9m requests to watch Doctor Who series 8 on BBC iPlayer - an average of 1.6m requests for each of the 12 episodes.

In the US, consolidated figures for the first 10 episodes have seen Series 8 experience a 23% uplift in total audience in Live+7 on Series 7. The series 8 premiere was the show’s highest-rated series premiere ever on BBC America, and is the first BBC Worldwide series ever to simultaneously hold the #1 slot in the Main TV Season Charts across all major Electronic Sell-through platforms in the US within 48 hours of episode 1’s release on August 24th 2014.

In Canada, on the Space channel, the first 10 episodes of Series 8 have seen a 22% uplift in consolidated audience size on Series 7.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer said:
We never take it for granted, but the miracle has happened again - the nation has taken a brand new Doctor to its heart.
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television added:
It's been an outstanding debut series for Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and I'm very grateful to Peter, Steven Moffat and everyone involved.
Doctor Who Extra, which offers viewers a behind the scenes look at making one of the nation's best loved dramas has had 1.3m BBC iPlayer requests and reached 2.4m people on BBC Red Button to date.




Death in Heaven - Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
7.60 million watched the UK transmission of Death in Heaven according to consolidated figures available today, which include those recording the programme and watching within one week of transmission.

The final chart position should be available later in the week.

Doctor Who's replacement on Saturday nights, Atlantis, had an unofficial overnight ratings of 4.54 million viewers and was 5th for the day.




Christmas Special 2014 - Children in Need PreviewBookmark and Share

Friday, 14 November 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC has aired a preview of the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special during the Children in Need telethon on BBC One.


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Dark Water - Chart Placing - UpdatedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Dark Water finished as the 15th most watched programme on British Television, according to figures from Barb.

The episode had an official 27.4% share of the total TV audience.

Top for the week was Strictly Come Dancing which had 10.93 million watching, once more beating ITV's Downton Abbey, which had 10.77 million viewers.

Doctor Who was the 7th highest rated programme on BBC Television.

Story updated to remove a double reference to Countryfile.




Moffat talks Series 8Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Steven Moffat (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)This story contains plot spoilers from the final episode of Series 8.


Steven Moffat has been talking about the current series of Doctor Who, at a special Royal Television Society event in London.

The showrunner was appearing at the Doctor Who: Anatomy of a hit event alongside his fellow executive producer Brian Minchin, producer Nikki Wilson, director of Deep Breath Ben Wheatley and special effects producer Rob Mayor, to discuss how the twelfth Doctor emerged from script to screen.

Moffat said how the casting of Peter Capaldi had been inevitable as soon as the name was mentioned. We announced the actor to a nation who already knew.. He agreed that the casting of an older Doctor may have unsettled the audience that had grown up with David Tennant and Matt Smith in the role. We definitely ruffled their feathers by changing the actors. Shows don't die when they change, they die when they are comfortable. If you're watching it saying I'm appalled! Well then, you're still watching it!

He said casting for Danny Pink had been very difficult because all the actors who auditioned had been so good. He said making Doctor Who is always difficult because each story is so different. The terrifying thing is you discover at the start of every new show that you've learnt nothing in making Doctor Who.

Steven Moffat said he felt no guilt about lying about the return of the Master at an event for the launch of Deep Breath. It would have ruined the surprise. Because the reveal was filmed outside St Paul's Cathedral in London the actors mimed their lines and recorded the dialog later. To try to keep the secret the team even went to the trouble of recoding as scene where Missy identifies herself as a Random Access Neural Interface, hoping fans would pick up on the acronym and spread the word that the Rani was returning. Whenever I arrange skullduggery, no-one ever notices.

Moffat revealed he has tried the misdirection trick before, with similar success. When we did Day of the Doctor, we went to the trouble of having John Hurt’s character referred to as Omega throughout. Is nobody stealing scripts these days?

Moffat was asked about the killing of Osgood in the final episode, defending it as necessary. I was aware that the Master as a character gets cuddly very fast. If we're going to bring her back, she's got to kill someone in a. horrible way. Otherwise she becomes a slightly more naughty Doctor

Director Ben Wheatley said he was disappointed by the leaking of unfinished early episodes from Series 8 onto the internet as some fans first view of the new Doctor would be in an unfinished episode. The leaked version of Deep Breath was in Black and White. Steven Moffat admited, as a fan, he would have looked. I would have had to go and look. It would have ruined it for myself, but it was a new Doctor..

The showrunner was asked about the audience reaction to Series eight, in particular perceived falling ratings. The figures are the same - they're just the same, he said. If by 'ratings', you mean the number of people who watch the show... they are the same. The number of people who watch on Doctor Who on iPlayer has trebled. The way people watch it has changed but viewing figures have remained the same.. Brian Minchin also pointed out how well the show is doing globally now, for example the audience watching on BBC America is up 30 percent since Capaldi took over the role of the Doctor.

The team are now working on preparation for Series Nine, with Steven Moffat currently writing episode One. The list of writers has been decided but the details are secret for now.

A full set of pictures from the event is on the RTS Facebook page




Doctor Who Experience: set tours extendedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who ExperienceBBC Worldwide have announced that the popular studio set tours, available as part of the Doctor Who Experience, will continue into December.

The tour of the twelfth Doctor's TARDIS set in studio at Roath Lock is due to recommence on the 24th November after a temporary closure due to operational reasons. Originally planned to run to the end of November, the visits will now continue through to the 14th December.

Full details can be found via the Doctor Who Experience website.





Doctor Who Magazine 480Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
Doctor Who Magazine 480 (Credit: BBC/Panini UK/Doctor Who Magazine) The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out in shops across the UK tomorrow and features a revelation from Michelle Gomez about Missy...

She told DWM:
Everything about making the Master the Mistress kind of ups the ante, it makes everything that little bit more dangerous. It blows open this Pandora's box.
Asked whether Missy will be returning next year, Gomez replied:
Yes. 'Yes' is my answer. I'll be back. Can I say that? Am I allowed? If not... well, I guess we'll have to see how she's received...

Also in this issue:
  • DWM interviews Douglas Mackinnon, the director of Listen, Time Heist and Flatline.
  • Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.
  • DWM investigates the question: 'Is the Doctor a good man?'
  • Toby Hadoke pays tribute to the late Lynda Bellingham, the actress who played the Inquistitor in 1986's The Trial of a Time Lord.
  • Siobhan Redmond, the new Rani, talks exclusively to DWM about her first audio story.
  • The Doctor and Clara’s comic strip adventures continue in The Eye of Torment written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • The Fact of Fiction investigates the classic 2005 Ninth Doctor adventure The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.
  • The Time Team comments on the blockbuster 2008 Tenth Doctor episode Journey's End.
  • Jacqueline Rayner has to stay up late for her Doctor's appointment in Relative Dimensions.
  • The DWM Review examines Flatline and In the Forest of the Night.
  • The Watcher looks at subtitle howlers in Wotcha!
  • The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!
Doctor Who Magazine 480 is on sale from Thursday 13 November 2014, priced £4.99.





Children in Need PreviewBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This Friday's Children in Need will feature the first preview for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor with Nick Frost as Santa Claus.

The Doctor and Santa Claus (Credit: BBC)
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Children in Need is on this coming Friday from 7:30pm on BBC One.





Series 8 to be released with additional content in GermanyBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann
German DVD distributer Polyband announced on their Facebook page that they are postponing the release of the Series 8 boxed set from November 2014 to late February 2015.

Polyband originally planned to include the Christmas Special The Time of the Doctor on the Series 8 set. Due to unforeseen problems with the German dub of Series 8, they are now going to release the Special on its own in December.

The German Series 8 set will include all the UK special features. Additionally, the cinema prequel to Deep Breath and the yet-to-be-broadcast Christmas Special of 2014 will also be included, according to a statement by Polyband on Facebook.

Doctor Who: Die Zeit des Doktors (Time of the Doctor) will be released on 22nd December 2014 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon Germany on DVD and Blu-Ray.





Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Next Wednesday November 19 sees the second instalment from Titan of the brand-new Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor comic series by writer Robbie Morrison and artist Dave Taylor.

The edition comes with three covers to collect - art cover by Coal Hill Wall (cover A), subscription photo cover (cover B) and a Clara photo cover (cover C).

EXPLORE TERRIFYING NEW WORLDS AND BOLD NEW ERAS – AS THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES FOR THE TWELFTH DOCTOR AND CLARA!

On a frozen planet spinning around a dying star, the Doctor and Clara stumble across the lone survivor of a species that once conquered the galaxy. Is it a prisoner? Cryogenically suspended pioneer? ...or something altogether more sinister?

Caught in a deadly mystery, Clara and the Doctor's actions will have scorching repercussions for the universe!

Plus, debuting this issue - humour strip by Colin Bell & Neil Slorance (Dungeon Fun).




Death in Heaven - AI:83Bookmark and Share

Monday, 10 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Death in Heaven had an Audience Appreciation Index or AI score of 83.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes. The episode scored highest with those aged 35-54 and lowest with those aged 16-34. It was enjoyed slightly more by female viewers.

On Sunday, three programmes scored higher than Doctor Who, pushing the show into 23rd place for the week. Final figures and chart position will be released next week.

The Sunday repeat of Death in Heaven on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.20 million viewers, a 0.8% share of the audience.




RTS Award Nomination for The Model Unit and Real SFXBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 November 2014 - Reported by Harry Ward
The Model Unit have been nominated alongside Real SFX for a Royal Television Society Craft & Design Award in the Special Effects category for their work on The Day of the Doctor.

A number of people who have worked on the production of Doctor Who over the years have also been nominated for their work on other programmes. These are listed below.

Costume Design – Drama
Edward K Gibbon - The Honourable Woman

Costume Design – Entertainment & Non Drama
Annie Hardinge - Rev. – Series 3

Effects – Special
Colin Gorry - The Smoke
Paul Kelly - Da Vinci's Demons

Graphic Design – Programme Content Sequences
Peter Anderson Studio - Sherlock – Series 3

Make Up Design – Drama
Davy Jones - In The Flesh – Series 2

Photography – Drama
Neville Kidd - Sherlock – His Last Vow

Editing – Drama
Iain Erskine - Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This
Jamie Pearson - Happy Valley
Philip Kloss - Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story

The full list of nominations in the shortlist for the Craft & Design Awards 2013/2014 can be found at rts.org.uk. The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by Jennifer Saunders, on Monday 1 December 2014 at the London Hilton Park Lane.