Jodie Whittaker to present Bedtime StoriesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 2 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jodie Whittaker reads Ada Twist, Scientist in Bedtime Stories (7 Dec 2018) (Credit: BBC)Jodie Whittaker is the latest Doctor Who star to present an episode of the popular childrens' Bedtime Stories, shown on CBeebies every evening at 6:50pm.

Jodie will be reading Ada Twist, Scientist on Friday 7th December, the third in a series of books by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. She said:
It is such an honour to know that families and friends will be sharing this experience with me. I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

(This episode replaces the orginally scheduled Whatever Next! read by Adil Ray)


For those wanting to continue their Jodie fix before the Doctor Who finale on Sunday, Friday evening also sees the actress appearing in the new series of Channel 4's Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, broadcast at 8:00pm, where she'll be preparing dishes including roast pork, complete with a double helping of crispy crackling, and an authentic Thai beef massaman curry (something she has been dreaming about since she was 18!).


You can follow notifications of these and other related broadcasts via This Week in Doctor Who, with discussions on Facebook.




iPlayer achieves its best results in OctoberBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Woman Who Fell to Earth: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The BBC have released details on iPlayer requests for October, indicating that the service achieved its highest usage ever. The new series of Doctor Who made a huge contribution to the total, with the opening episode to feature new Doctor Jodie Whittaker achieving 2.962 million!

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, said:
It’s been a fantastic autumn for BBC iPlayer. Bodyguard and Killing Eve are the two strongest performing series ever and in October we set a new record for daily requests, which gave us our highest ever monthly total. Together with the return of Doctor Who, The Apprentice and Strictly BBC iPlayer offers a unique mix of brand new programmes alongside some of the nation’s best-loved shows.

The "boxed set" of Killing Eve dominated the top ten requested episodes, with six of its eight episodes in the top ten; the other places included two episodes of The Cry, the opening episode of The Apprentice and of course Doctor Who's premiere.

The top ten charts for October 2018:

Top Ten Episodes for October:
  1. Killing Eve: 1. Nice Face (3.555m)
  2. Doctor Who: 1. The Woman Who Fell To Earth (2.962m)
  3. The Cry: Episode 1 (2.924m)
  4. Killing Eve: 7. I Don't Want To Be Free (2.430m)
  5. Killing Eve: 6. Take Me To The Hotel (2.332m)
  6. Killing Eve: 8. God, I'm Tired (2.286m)
  7. The Apprentice: 1. Malta (2.263m)
  8. Killing Eve: 5. I Have A Thing About Bathrooms (2.237m)
  9. Killing Eve: 4. Sorry Baby (2.194m)
  10. The Cry: Episode 2 (2.087m)

Top Ten Programme Episodes for October:
  1. Killing Eve: 1. Nice Face (3.555m)
  2. Doctor Who: 1. The Woman Who Fell To Earth (2.962m)
  3. The Cry: Episode 1 (2.924m)
  4. The Apprentice: 1. Malta (2.263m)
  5. Informer: No Sleep Till Brooklyn (1.793m)
  6. Strictly Come Dancing: Week 5 (1.395m)
  7. Bodyguard: Episode 6 (1.360m)
  8. Eastenders: 9 Oct 2018 (1.071m)
  9. This Country: The Aftermath (0.859m)
  10. Match of the Day: 20 Oct 2018 (0.753m)





First New Year's Day imageBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released the first promotional image for the New Year's Day adventure for the Doctor:

Doctor Who - New Year's Day 2019 promo (Credit: BBC/Chris Hill)




Tom Baker's Scratchman to be released in JanuaryBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced the publication of a very special novelisation for January next year:
Scratchman, by Tom Baker (BBC Books) (Credit: BBC Books)Scratchman
Written by Tom Baker
Published by BBC Books on 24th January 2019


What are you afraid of?

The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them.

With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the Doctor must battle an ancient force from another dimension, one who claims to be the Devil.

Scratchman wants to know what the Doctor is most afraid of. And the Doctor’s worst nightmares are coming out to play...


A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost forty years in the making.

Tom Baker (BBC Books) (Credit: BBC Books)The novelisation is based on the script for an idea by Tom Baker and Ian Marter to take Doctor Who to the big screen, with them reprising their roles of the Doctor and Harry alongside Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah. Despite their enthusiasm for the project, a lack of funds to produce the project eventually led to it being abandoned.

The script itself was thought lost until a copy was discovered in 2006 at the British Film Institute where it had been donated to by former Doctor Who producer John Nathan Turner before his death in 2002. It has been adapted by James Goss, who has previously novelised fourth Doctor adventures penned by Douglas Adams for BBC Books.

Speaking about the project, Tom said:
I love the improbability of Doctor Who. Reason plays no part at all. As in religion, the overriding thing is faith. It may be improbable, but just believe in it and it’ll all come right.

When I was approached about the book, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I’m always on the lookout for a novelty. I’m very enthusiastic as I get close to darkness.


The novelisation will also be released as an audiobook by BBC Audio on the same day, read by Tom himself.




Children in Need 2018Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC's annual fundraising evening for Children in Need took place yesterday, and by the end of the evening raised £50,595,053 for the charity!

The evening featured a special treat for nine year old Doctor Who fan Anna, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, when she and her brother Alex got to travel to the TARDIS and meet the cast, and also an exclusive clip from this weekend's adventure, Kerblam.

Children in Need 2018: Anna and Alex with Team TARDIS (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Team TARDIS (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna meets the monsters! (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)
Children in need 2018: Anna and Alex with Jodie Whittaker (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna with the Doctor! (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna and Alex with Bradley Walsh (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)



You can still donate to Children in Need via their website.




Press Launch ImagesBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 September 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a number of images from this today's press launch in Sheffield for the new series of Doctor Who - the event saw lead writer Chris Chibnall on the red carpet with Jodie Whittaker (the Doctor), Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Sam Oatley, Jamie Childs (Director) Matt Strevens (Executive Producer) and Segun Akinola (Composer).

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A full report on the event will appear on Doctor Who News on Thursday.

The event was also covered on the BBC's national News At Six and regional news Look North this evening, both of which can be watched in the UK via the BBC iPlayer until their next edition tomorrow evening.




New Series Promotion on BBC TV&RadioBookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 September 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)With the Doctor Who press launch taking place on Monday, next week sees promotion for Jodie Whittaker's debut series begin in earnest, with the show's new star making appearances on BBC television and radio. The current schedule includes:

  • Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6, Thursday 27th September from 7:00am
    Our good friend Jodie Whittaker joins Shaun in the final hour of the show ahead of the new series of Dr Who starting on the BBC. Plus, Matt Everitt is here with the music news and Beak are today's Album of the Day.

  • The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 28th September from 10:35pm
    Graham is joined by multi Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper and pop superstar Lady Gaga, together in the hotly anticipated musical romance A Star is Born; Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, about to begin her new incarnation on BBC1's Doctor Who; double Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling, playing astronaut Neil Armstrong in biopic First Man; the Rod Stewart, who performs his current single Didn't I.

  • Saturday Breakfast with Dermot, BBC Radio 2, Saturday 29th September from 8:00am
    Jodie Whittaker, who became a household name thanks to her role in TV drama Broadchurch. pops in ahead of the first episode of Doctor Who. In July 2017 it was announced she would become the 13th Doctor, and the first female one. The new series starts this weekend on BBC 1. [sic]

  • Saturday Mash Up!, CBBC, Saturday 29th September from 9:00am
    The cast of So Awkward and vlogger Houssein join Yasmin, Jonny and Hacker! But who will get slimed? Max and Harvey are put into detention and Hacker meets the new Doctor Who - Jodie Whittaker. There's cartoon action in new episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge and the return of Mash-Up favourites Push-Off and How Many Things in the Thing? Also, for the first time on TV, Musical Toilets! It's totally live - so anything can happen!

Also, playing catch-up after the premiere on the 7th October comes the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, Friday 12th October from 6:30am.


These and further up-and-coming appearances can be found via This Week In Doctor Who.




New Thirteenth Doctor BooksBookmark and Share

Friday, 21 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Books have revealed the covers for three brand new Doctor Who adventures this autumn…

The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson  (Credit: BBC Books)
The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

For a Good Doctor there's only one rule: first do no harm.

Juno Dawson is the international bestselling author of ten titles for young adults. She is a columnist at Glamour UK, Attitude Magazine and a key LGBTQ activist with Stonewall.
Molten Heart by Una McCormack (Credit: BBC Books)
Molten Heart by Una McCormack

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

You never know what you’ll find beneath the surface.

Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written two Doctor Who novels featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory: The King's Dragon and The Way Through the Woods.
Combat Magicks by Steve Cole (Credit: BBC Books)
Combat Magicks by Steve Cole

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

How do you win a battle when the dead fight on?

Steve Cole is a best-selling original comedy, fantasy and adventure writer, Steve’s work includes a broad range of books, most recently the Secret Agent Mummy series for younger readers, Stop Those Monsters! Much in demand for his energetic performances at events, Steve has featured at sci-fi and Doctor Who conventions from London to Los Angeles.




Update for Season 12 Collection replacement disc processBookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 August 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have provided clarification on how to get replacements for the faulty discs within the recently released Season Twelve Collection can be requested.

Doctor Who Collection - Season 12 - cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)We will be offering replacements for the errors on Disc 3 (The Sontaran Experiment) and Disc 5 (Revenge of the Cybermen) in the Doctor Who The Collection Season 12 Blu-ray release.

In order to obtain a replacement, please email your name and address and proof of purchase to the appropriate DVD Support line in the form of a receipt from the retailer. If you do not have a receipt from the retailer, then please email a picture of the product with your full name and postal address in view in the picture. This is for fraud prevention reasons.
The estimated time frame for the replacement to be available is 2-3 weeks.
Please allow some time for the replacement disc to reach you.
We have a high volume of emails and customers to deal with, please bear with us.

Replacement requests and proof of purchase emails should only be sent to these email addresses and not the DVD Enquiry line.

If you have sent your proof of purchase already we will not respond to your email unless there is an issue with your proof. Please await the replacements as outlined above.

Please be assured that we have logged every proof and will get around to replacing all customers discs.

Owing to an administrative issue, some customers erroneously did not receive the correct replacement of Revenge of the Cybermen; DVD Support have apologised for the error, and advise:
If you have received the incorrect Disc 5, we will re-send it when available please re-email the DVD Support line only once with your postal address only. You do not need to resend your proof of purchase.




BBC Court Case UpdateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 7 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)
The BBC is continuing its attempt to get the US courts to force computer firms to release details identifying the individual who leaked a short section from the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

In June, a 53-second clip was released unofficially online. The latest BBC action confirms this was from episode one of the new series.

Last month we reported that the BBC had asked a California court to force the online platform Tapatalk to produce information allowing the identification of the source of the leak.

On 2nd August, BBC Worldwide Limited filed a request in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington State, under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The act, introduced in 1998, is designed to enable copyright holders to learn the identities of suspected infringers of their copyright material.

The subpoena asks Microsoft to disclose details of the owner of the OneDrive account on which the stolen clip was stored. It lists the clip name, IMG_ l563.TRIM.MOV, and seeks access to the details of the person uploading the clip.

The subpoena does not need to be approved by a judge. Once drafted, It is simply checked by a court clerk for completeness, before being issued to the service provider, who is then required to hand over any relevant identification, including the name, email and other information collected.

Thanks to Gallifrey Base Parton HorizonChaser




Series 11 filming completedBookmark and Share

Friday, 3 August 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have announced that principal photography on the eleventh full series of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, was completed today. The series is due to be broadcast later this year.

... and that's a Wrap! Principal photography finishes on Series 11 of Doctor Who (Credit: BBC)




New image released of the DoctorBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a new image of the Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker.

'On top of the world...' Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor (Credit: Steve Schofield/BBC)
"On Top of The World" - BBC Doctor Who on Instagram




BBC Goes to Court to Identify LeakerBookmark and Share

Monday, 2 July 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)The BBC has gone to court to try to obtain details to identify the individual responsible for leaking clips from Jodie Whittaker's first full episode as The Doctor.

Last week a 53 second clip, thought to be from the debut episode of the new series, was released unofficially online. The clip has since been removed by BBC Worldwide.

The BBC has confirmed it has requested a clerk at the California federal court issue a subpoena to Tapatalk, a mobile community platform in the United States, in order to get information allowing them to identify the source of the leak.

A spokesman for BBC Studios said
We take theft and illegal distribution of our content extremely seriously. We will strive to protect our programme-makers, audiences and licence fee payers from any breaches of security - ensuring Doctor Who fans enjoy the final and fully completed version of the episode when it premieres
The unfinished clip had temporary music and had not gone through the grading process which determines the final visual look of the scene.

Doctor Who has been plagued by leaks ever since it returned in 2005 when footage from Rose was released via a Canadian third party company. In that case the individual responsible for the leak had their employment terminated.

A leak 2013 was more embarrassing for the Corporation, when BBC Worldwide released the US Blu-Ray disc of the season climax before it had aired on television.

Doctor Who is due to return to screens this Autumn.




BBC to Close Maida Vale StudiosBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Delia Derbyshire,, Desmond Briscoe, BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Credit: BBC)The BBC is to close its Madia Vale studios, the former home of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the place where many of the iconic sounds used in Doctor Who were created.

The studios, based in west London, have been used by the BBC since 1933 when the corporation took over the former Maida Vale Roller Skating Palace and Club and converted it to music studios. Since then it has hosted tens of thousands of recordings, from grand orchestral performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra to rock recordings by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Jay-Z, The Beatles and David Bowie, to popular artists such as Bing Crosby, who, in 1977, made his last recording in the studios, three days before he died.

From 1958 until 1998 it was the home of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the body charged with producing most of the music and special sounds when a new science fiction series was launched in 1963.

It was in this building that the sheet music for the new Doctor Who Theme music, written by Ron Grainer, arrived, leaving workshop staff Delia Derbyshire and Dick Mills to render the tune electronically. This they achieved by generating each note separately and physically splicing them together on quarter-inch magnetic tape. The resulting music has become one of television's most recognisable and iconic theme tunes.

It was in this building that Brian Hodgson, charged with finding a sound for the new spaceship, ran his keys across a set of piano strings and gave birth to the wheezing groaning sound of the TARDIS dematerialising. It was here the sounds of the Dalek Ship, the Sonic Screwdriver and so many more were created, some of which are still used in the series today.

The closure of the studios, after over 80 years, was announced by BBC Director general Tony Hall. He said the complex would be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility at the former Olympic Park in east London.