Australian overnight ratings for The Eaters of Light and final ratings for The Lie of the LandBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Eaters of Light has debuted in Australia, averaging 396,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Lie of the Land averaged 497,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 69,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 164,000 extra viewers) and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Empress of Mars and final ratings for PyramidBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 June 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Empress of Mars has debuted in Australia, averaging 384,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the highest rating ABC drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Pyramid at the End of the World averaged 506,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 86,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 177,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for The Lie of the Land and final ratings for ExtremisBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 June 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Lie of the Land  has debuted in Australia, averaging 428,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Extremis averaged 513,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 91,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 166,000 extra viewers) and the twelfth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Pyramid and final ratings for OxygenBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 May 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Pyramid At The End Of The World  has debuted in Australia, averaging 420,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the twelfth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Oxygen averaged 529,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 92,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the two equal highest time-shifted programs both had 107,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Extremis & final ratings for Knock KnockBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 May 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Extremis has debuted in Australia, averaging 422,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the fourteenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Knock Knock averaged 503,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 86,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 128,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Oxygen & final ratings for Thin IceBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 May 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Oxygen has debuted in Australia, averaging 437,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the thirteenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Thin Ice averaged 553,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 83,000 extra viewers it was the fifth highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 94,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Knock Knock & final ratings for SmileBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 May 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Knock Knock has debuted in Australia, averaging 417,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the twelfth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers. The binaural edition of Knock Knock, with enhanced sound, is also now available on ABC iview.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Smile averaged 574,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 110,000 extra viewers it was the highest time-shifted program of the day (the second highest time-shifted program had 104,000 extra viewers) and the eighth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Thin Ice & final ratings for The PilotBookmark and Share

Monday, 1 May 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Thin Ice has debuted in Australia, averaging 473,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Pilot averaged 594,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 99,000 extra viewers it was the second highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 116,000 extra viewers) and the seventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Overnight Australian ratings for SmileBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 April 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Smile has debuted in Australia, averaging 464,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




Overnight Australian ratings for The PilotBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 April 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Pilot has debuted in Australia, averaging 495,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eighth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




ABC to present "Whovians" panel showBookmark and Share

Friday, 24 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Australian broadcaster ABC have announced a new half-hour panel show to tie in with the forthcoming tenth series of Doctor Who. Based around fans of the show, Whovians will be shown on Sunday evenings from 16th April at around 8:30pm on ABC2/iview, straight after the latest episode has been broadcast on ABC.

Whovians, with Rove McManus (Credit: ABC)Sunday nights are about to get a whole lot more galactic as Rove McManus and his team of superfans present a brand new half hour panel show to dissect, delve into and delight in the world of Doctor Who. Airing straight after the weekly premiere of the much anticipated Doctor Who series 10 on ABC, Whovians will be filmed in front of a live studio audience, and air on Sundays at 8.30pm on ABC2 and iview.

As well as unpacking the most recent episode, Rove and the team will open the doors of the TARDIS and go back through the annals of time to lovingly analyze, critique, and unravel the mysteries of this much loved globally renowned series.

Rove is a long time Doctor Who enthusiast and will be joined by other self-confessed Doctor Who superfans, Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell, as well as a roster of celebrity guests.

This is a show by Whovians but one that won’t exclude the rest of humanity.

Rove McManus said:
I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it. Whether it be the classic era that dates back over fifty years or the modern series that has created its own decade-long legacy, it’ll be nice to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite TV show with like-minded individuals and be paid to completely geek out. You might say I’m so excited that I too feel like I have two hearts beating in my chest - and yes, it’s references like that which prove I’m the right guy for the job.
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer of Doctor Who added:
Whovians will be the perfect companion piece for the thrilling new series of Doctor Who on ABC. It’s fantastic to have this exciting new program to delight Australian fans.
Rebecca Heap, ABC Head of Programming and Digital, said:
As the home of Doctor Who in Australia we are thrilled to offer our audiences another way to engage with the popular program, as well as welcoming Rove back to our screens.

So get ready to get on board. #WhoviansAU

Fans who wish to be part of the audience are invited to register their interest via drwho.audience@abc.net.au.




Australian cinema outing for The PilotBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Pilot in Australian Cinemas (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Sharmill Films)BBC Worldwide ANZ and Sharmill Films have announced that they will be presenting a special event screening of the first episode of the new series, The Pilot over Easter Sunday and Monday.

The episode sees the introduction of new sidekick Bill, as played by Pearl Mackie: Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Executive for BBC Worldwide ANZ, said:
With Bill, the new companion, making her on-screen debut we’re happy to give audiences the chance to experience the new duo on the big-screen for the first time.
Natalie Miller AO, Sharmill Films Executive Director, added:
The introduction of a new companion is a time(lord)-honoured event in the Doctor Who universe, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with the BBC once again to present this very special cinema event to Australian fans.

Full details on the event can be found on the Sharmill Films website, including cinema venues and ticket information once available.


The Pilot will premiere in Australia on ABC iview immediately after the UK broadcast on 16th April, and will air simultaneously on ABC (in HD) and ABC ME at 7.40pm.







Forty Years of Doctor Who Fandom in AustraliaBookmark and Share

Friday, 3 March 2017 - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Club of Australia has published a book marking forty years since the formation of the club.

Zerinza celebrates 40 years of the club and features articles by every President, past and present, from across the club’s entire history plus a number of articles and interviews about specific club activities and events.

It also celebrates text Who, 2016 having been a year with less content on TV and more on book shelves. This includes an exclusive interview with Doctor Who actor and Second Doctor son Michael Troughton, who discusses writing his father’s biography. David J Howe talks about co-writing Jon Pertwee’s final memoir, Colin West remembers illustrating Tom Baker’s poetry and Peter Davison describes writing the script for the Five(ish) Doctor’s Reboot.

There is also a rare interview transcript of Nicholas Courtney and Katy Manning from the first Whovention back in 1990, plus comics, art, articles, and fiction!

You can purchase a bound edition in either paperback or hardcover format from the DWCA Publishing online shop

The book was edited for the DWCA by its Publication Manager, Darran Jordan, who has previously written the books Whovian and Green Lantern History.




The Return of Doctor Mysterio to be shown in Australian cinemasBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Return of Doctor Mysterio in Australian Cinemas (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Sharmill Films)BBC Worldwide ANZ and Sharmill Films have announced that this year's Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will be shown in selected cinemas on Boxing Day, the same day as it hits television screens acrosss the country.

As with the previously-announced USA cinema showings, the event will also include the two features A New Kind of Superhero and Doctor Who Extra.

Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Executive for BBC Worldwide ANZ, said:
Superheroes are a cinema staple so we’re doubly delighted to give Doctor Who fans the opportunity to see this spectacular adventure on the big screen.
Natalie Miller AO, Sharmill Films Executive Director, said:
This special Boxing Day event will mark a new tradition in the Australian calendar! We’re thrilled that Australian cinema audiences will have the opportunity to celebrate this time(lord)-honoured Christmas tradition, which is perfect family viewing for old and young superheroes alike.

Tickets for the theatrical release of Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio go on sale nationally on Wednesday, 23rd November; full details of where it will be shown can be found via the Sharmill Films website.