US Cinema outing for series premiereBookmark and Share

Thursday, 2 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who in US Cinema (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Fathom Events)Fathom Events are planning to show this year's series premiere of Doctor Who in cinemas across the United States on the 17th and 19th April, including additional features:

Come together with fellow fans to celebrate the return of Doctor Who to the airwaves when the Doctor Who Season 10 Premiere returns to the big screen! Join Peter Capaldi (World War Z, In the Loop) as the Doctor, Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids, Alice in Wonderland) as Nardole, and Pearl Mackey (Svengali) as the new Companion, Bill, for two nights only including exclusive bonus features to be announced soon. The Doctor Who: Season 10 Premiere is written and executive produced by Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett, and directed by Lawrence Gough. The season was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Studios Wales in co-production with BBC AMERICA.

Doctor Who Fans - We want you to have fun at these cinema events – but safety is paramount. Please note that attending in costume is fine, however masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited.

More details are expected shortly, with tickets going on sale via the Fathom website from the 10th March.




BBC America schedules Christmas Special sneak peekBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America have made a late change in their schedules for this evening to include a five minute segment for this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special at 10:30pm EDT:

Doctor Who Sneak Peek (Credit: BBC America)

No other information is available at present, though it is possible that this will be a television screening of the recently released behind-the-scenes video.




BBC America Premiere Ticket GiveawayBookmark and Share

Thursday, 10 September 2015 - Reported by Marcus
BBC America is giving fans in the United States, the chance to attend an exclusive première screening of The Magician’s Apprentice .

The screening will be held at the SVA Theatre in New York on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. and will be introduced by Michelle Gomez.

To enter follow the link here. Entries must be received by 11.59pm Today, Thursday September 10th. The draw is only open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years of age at time of entry.




BBC America confirm time for The Magician's ApprenticeBookmark and Share

Friday, 14 August 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America have now confirmed that they will broadcast the premiere of the next series of Doctor Who, The Magician's Apprentice at 9:00pm Eastern time (8:00pm Central) on Saturday 19th September.

Doctor Who returns on 19th September at 9/8c (Credit: BBC America)

BBC America is the first to announce a time for the episode, which sits in its now traditional evening prime-time slot on the channel; the BBC One premiere itself is unlikely to be confirmed until a couple of weeks before transmission, but is expected to be broadcast either before or after the channel's other big Saturday evening show, Strictly Come Dancing.




Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Release DetailsBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 June 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The Wand Company’s new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control to be seen for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

The Wand Company have revealed that a limited edition of their latest Sonic Screwdriver will be on sale exclusively on the BBC America Booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, prior to general release.



The Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control is a brand new, hero prop replica which is a recreation of the Sonic Screwdriver used by Peter Capaldi in Series 8 of Doctor Who. A limited run of 168 laser-etched numbered Sonics will be available exclusively to purchase on the BBC America booth (#4129) for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con (8th-12th July 2015) prior to general sale from 7th September from BBCShop.com

The new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a fully functioning gesture-based universal remote control which can control your TV and other home entertainment equipment. Learning the gestures and programming the Sonic Screwdriver is easy, and the intuitive gestures allow the user to become the Doctor. Flick it open and the clasps extend with a satisfying clunk; press the grip mounted button for instant light and sound action or use the Any-TV-Off function just for fun!

The Twelfth Sonic has been made in direct response to the huge number of requests that The Wand Company received from fans all over the world asking for an extending version of their famous Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

Chris Barnardo, co-founder of The Wand Company says
Since our Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic went on sale, we have had a constant stream of requests from fans of all ages asking us to make an extending version. It wasn’t easy to engineer a solidly reliable device that can withstand being repeatedly flicked to extend it, but we’ve been able to do it, and I’m certain that any fan of Doctor Who is going to love it.
Jason Easy, Senior Licensing Manager at BBC Worldwide, said,
The Wand Company continually exceed expectations with their range of Sonic Screwdrivers, and the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic is no exception. The Sonics are not just technologically sophisticated, but also beautifully made and have exciting features that delight fans.
Product details
  • 1:1 scale replica of the Series 8 Sonic Screwdriver hero prop
  • Highly authentic flick-to-extend action
  • Grip-mounted action button
  • Press and hold button to make Sonic buzz and tip light in FX Mode
  • Any-TV-off function that turns off any television at the press of a button, without having to program the Sonic first
  • Stores up to 39 remote control commands
  • Customisable personal lock code
  • Ivory-coloured handle with subtle fleck
  • Redesigned copper-plated handle end
  • Gallifreyan stand for vertical presentation
  • 12 new secret Morse-coded Twelfth Doctor phrases
  • 12 different sonic screwdriver sound effects




I'm coming for you on Christmas DayBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
BBC America has confirmed the 2014 Christmas special, Last Christmas, will be broadcast on Christmas Day.





BBC America: Make Your Own SundayBookmark and Share

Monday, 18 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America are offering viewers the chance to vote for their favourite regular and special episodes from the modern series of Doctor Who, to be shown across an eleven hour marathon on Sunday 24th August from 10:00am. The poll is open until 12:00pm EST today.

BBC Amercia: Make You Own Sunday (24 Aug 2014) (Credit: BBC America)




BBC America: premiere time changeBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 August 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)The online schedule from BBC America indicates that the channel will now broadcast series premiere Deep Breath at 8:15pm rather than the previously announced 8:00pm - the preceeding Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show is now scheduled for then, in a shortened fifteen minute timeslot.

The alterations may have occured to facilitate the channel's "Takeover Week", which sees the tenth and eleventh Doctors' eras broadcast from The Christmas Invasion on Monday 18th August (with the strange exception of The Idiot's Lantern), leading up to the eleventh's swan-song The Time of the Doctor immediately before the live event. Other programmes during the course of the week include the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure in Space and Time, all eleven The Doctors Revisited shows, plus the previously reported brand new Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord documentaries. In addition, a new programme focussing on the current tour, Doctor Who: Global Tour, will be shown on Friday 22nd August at 9:00pm.


Original programming due to be shown on BBC America:
Sat 16 Aug9:00pmDoctor Who: The Ultimate Companion
Sat 16 Aug10:00pmThe Real History of Science Fiction: Time
Mon 18 Aug10:00pmDoctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord
Fri 22 Aug9:00pmDoctor Who: Global Tour
Sat 23 Aug8:00pmDoctor Who: Live Pre-Show
Sat 23 Aug8:15pmDeep Breath
Sat 23 Aug11:00pmDoctor Who: After Who Live

Please note that any advance broadcast schedules may again be subject to change.





BBC America announces "Takeover Week" / cinema presentationsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)BBC America have announced a series of events taking place in the lead-up and aftermath of the series premiere of Deep Breath in the United States.

During the week before broadcast, the channel will premiere new specials relating to the show, including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on the 16th August at 9:00pm, The Real History of Science Fiction: Time at 10:00pm, and then Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on the 18th at 10:00pm, which forms part of a marathon week of Doctor Who episodes.

On the day itself, Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show will be presented by Nerdist presenter Chris Hardwick at 7:30pm before the premiere airs at 8:00pm. Doctor Who is then followed by another premiere, Intruders, before the show is once again the focus in Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00pm - the show aims to feature a host of guests in studio, including writer/actor Mark Gatiss, plus behind-the-scenes footage.

The day after will see Make Your Own Sunday, featuring the top episodes voted for by BBC America viewers in an online poll that opens on the 6th August.


Meanwhile, as with the United Kingdom, the episode will have a cinematic release in the USA, though this will not be simulcast. Instead, BBC America have partnered with Fathom Events to present Deep Breath in a special screening event taking place in twelve cities from midnight, with full details to be announced on the 5th August.

This will be followed by a wider cinematic release on the 25th August, with over 550 cinemas showing the episode at 7:00pm and 9:30pm, accompanied by the prequel and behind-the-scenes material as seen in the UK (no Q&A).

Tickets are now available to purchase from participating venues and also online from Fathom Events.




Series 8 teaser trailer image releasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 June 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
BBC America has released a still from the teaser trailer heralding the return of Doctor Who this August.

The image shows the Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi, silhouetted inside the TARDIS console room as explosions rage behind him.


Glimpses of the scene were shown in the teaser released on 23rd May, when the month of the show's return was announced.






Farewell to Matt Smith on UK channel Watch this EasterBookmark and Share

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - Reported by Melad Moshiri
Christmas Special 2013 - Promotional Image (Credit: BBC America) BBC America's A Farewell to Matt Smith special is to air on UK television on digital channel Watch this Easter.

The programme, initially broadcast on the US network celebrating the 11th Doctor actor's time on Doctor Who, will be shown in the UK on Good Friday at 5:00pm.

Narrated by Alex Kingston, it sees contributions from her, David Tennant, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat alongside fans of Matt Smith and his incarnation of the Time Lord.

As part of the run-up, Radio Times have released a two-minute preview clip concerning the actor's relationship with his fans.

An audience of 1.54 million viewers watched the special on its original transmission before The Time of the Doctor's airing, more recently included as an extra on Time's DVD/Blu-rays.






The Real History of Science FictionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - Reported by Marcus
A new documentary series from BBC Two and BBC America will delve into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown.

The Real History of Science Fiction will cover programmes from Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who. Each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots, Space, Invasion and Time. Narrated by Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer, actor and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre... for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in.

Among those taking part are: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Schlock), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), John Carpenter (Dark Star, The Thing), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Stardust), Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy), Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise), Ursula K Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Syd Mead (Blade Runner), Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Peter Weller (Robocop), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) and many more.

The four part series debuts in America on Saturday April 19 at 10pm ET. BBC Two has yet to confirm a transmission date.
EPISODE 1 – ROBOTS
What if our creations turn against us? The idea of creating life has fascinated society since the earliest days of science fiction. The first installment of the four-part series, Robots transports viewers from the first steps of Frankenstein’s monster to the threat provided by the Terminator and the world of Cyberspace. Find out how Rutger Hauer created one of the greatest speeches in all of science fiction for Blade Runner. Discover from Kenny Baker the challenge of acting in Star Wars while inside the body of R2D2, and learn how Anthony Daniels was drawn to the role of C-3PO by concept art modeled closely on the robot from the silent classic Metropolis. Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner) discusses how he managed to create a whole new approach to robot design. The creators of the original Robocop describe how its hidden depths have given it enduring appeal and William Gibson reveals the origins of his seminal novel Neuromancer. From HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to the Cylons of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and the world of The Matrix, this is a journey that asks – what does it mean to be human?
EPISODE 2 – SPACE
What if we could explore the vastness of Space? Science fiction has always fed upon our need to explore – to wonder what is out there. Space journeys from Jules Verne’s earliest ideas about attempts to leave our planet, to the Star Wars far away galaxy through to Nichelle Nichols revealing how her groundbreaking role as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek led to her participation in the recruitment of NASA’s astronauts. It explores the deep sea inspiration for Avatar, finds out why Ursula K Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness and discovers how Stanley Kubrick was able to make 2001: A Space Odyssey seem so believable. In addition, the program looks at the way Dune and The Mars Trilogy embraced the challenge of world building and discusses the appeal of the beaten up ‘dirty space’ of Dark Star and Firefly. From the horrifying scenes of Alien, to the epic spectacle of Star Wars, this is a journey to the stars and the alien encounters that await us there.
EPISODE 3 – INVASION
What if aliens landed on Earth? Much of science fiction explores the moment of first contact – what will people do when the aliens land? From H. G. Wells’ pioneering The War of the Worlds to Independence Day, Men in Black and District 9, Invasion deals with our fears of alien invasions of earth. David Tennant explains the appeal of Doctor Who’s Daleks and Cybermen while John Carpenter and Chris Carter explore the rich appeal of the paranoia fuelled by hidden aliens with The Thing and The X-Files. It also asks, what if the monsters were our own creation? With the aid of rarely seen animation tests, Phil Tippett takes us behind the scenes in the creation of the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. But not all invasions are hostile. Peter Coyote and Richard Dreyfuss discuss the creation of Spielberg’s spellbinding classics E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. There is more than one kind of invasion.
EPISODE 4 – TIME
What if we could travel not just through space, but through time itself? If you could travel through time, would you change the past or the future? What if you found it couldn’t be changed? What price does the time traveller – and the people they are closest to – pay? This is a journey from H. G. Wells The Time Machine through ideas like The Grandfather Paradox and The Butterfly Effect to the professional time traveller that is the ever popular Doctor Who. Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Karen Gillan and Neil Gaiman offer a unique perspective on the Doctor. Edward James Olmos reveals the hidden meaning of the language he created for the vision of the future that is Blade Runner. Bob Gale and Christopher Lloyd take us behind the scenes of Back to the Future, while Ed Solomon describes the joy of solving a time travel conundrum for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But what would be the physical and emotional cost to the time traveller? Audrey Niffenegger explains what inspired her novel The Time Traveller’s Wife. And what if someone from the future tried to travel back in time to warn us? Would we believe them? From the apocalyptic tones of 12 Monkeys to the drama of Quantum Leap and the comedy of Groundhog Day, time travel is a subject that has been irresistible to the creators of every type of science fiction.




The Best of the Doctor: R4 DVD detailsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - Reported by Connor Johnston
The Best Of The Doctor Specials DVD (R4 Cover)BBC Worldwide has announced Doctor Who: The Best of The Doctor is to get a 3 Disc Region 4 Release Date Early January. The DVD consists of all the BBC America Documentaries "The Best of ...." and according to some sources will also include an episode to accompany each documentary, though this has not been confirmed. The specials in the series, and are expected to be included on the set, are:
Each of the Specials duration time is around 45 minutes. The official details are below:
Discover whole new worlds behind three of your favourite Doctors: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

Immerse yourself in a total celebration of all that is Doctor Who! These unique documentaries explore Doctor Who through the ideas and moments that make the series such an unforgettable experience. Be awed by the artistry and imagination of the series' most iconic monsters, take an in-depth look at the Time Lord's trusty companions Amy, Rory and River Song, gather a new perspective on the perplexing and confounding paradoxes of time travel; and venture beyond the known universe for extra surprises, facts and theories that could fill the TARDIS.

A must-have for every fan, this collection will expand your knowledge and increase your appreciation for the universe of Doctor Who.
The DVD can be pre-orded online from JB-HI-FI




The Time of the Doctor wins BBC America and Twitter recordsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - Reported by Melad Moshiri
Christmas Special 2013 - Promotional Image (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)The Time of the Doctor Christmas special has been named the most watched programme in BBC America's history.

The 800th episode in the show's run attracted 2.47 million viewers overnight, the highest ever audience achieved on the channel, beating The Day of the Doctor's record of 2.4 million viewers.

It was however beaten by showings of The Big Bang Theory (3.96m) and Duck Dynasty (2.69m), all broadcast in a 9:00pm slot on cable.

The Farewell to Matt Smith special, broadcast before the incumbent's final adventure however, drew in a respectable audience of 1.54 million.

In the UK, Time was the second most watched on Christmas Day while becoming the eighth highest rated show of the day in Australia.

On Twitter, 183,550 tweets were generated, becoming the most tweeted show of the day on the social network and beating previous Christmas special The Snowmen's 64,049 total. Peter Capaldi's entrance, meanwhile, brought in 18,844 tweets.

Figures thanks to: TV By the Numbers, Radio Times