Christmas Special Moves to New Year's DayBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Series 11 (Credit: BBC / Ben Blackall)Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed that this year's Christmas Special of Doctor Who will be shown on New Year's Day 2019.

The change is a radical change for the series which has been part of the Christmas Day schedule since the series returned in 2005. The series peaked in 2007 when Kylie Minogue joined the Tenth Doctor in Voyage of the Damned watched by 13.3 million viewers. Last year's Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, marking the departure of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, was watched by 7.92 million.

The episode to be shown on New Year's Day will mark the end of Jodie Whittaker's first season as The Doctor. The last episode to be shown on New Year's Day was the second part of The End of Time in 2010 where it had 12.27 million viewers.




The Tsuranga Conundrum - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Tsuranga Conundrum
The Tsuranga Conundrum

Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Jennifer Perrott

Risk to life: absolute.

Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly -- and unusual -- creatures.
The Tsuranga Conundrum: Durkas Cicero (Ben Bailey-smith), Eve Cicero (Suzanne Packer) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yoss Inkl (Jack Shalloo) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Ronan (David Shields) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Yaz (Mandip Gill) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Mabil (Lois Chimimba), Astos (Brett Goldstein) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Astos (Brett Goldstein), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Mabil (Lois Chimimba) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Mabil (Lois Chimimba), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Mabil (Lois Chimimba), Astos (Brett Goldstein) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Mabil (Lois Chimimba) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Eve Cicero (Suzanne Packer), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))


Episode 5 Trailer | The Tsuranga Conundrum | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 4th November7.00pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 4th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 4th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 5th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




Doctor Who - Episodes Five and SixBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released details of Doctor Who Episodes Five and Six

 The Tsuranga Conundrum - Jodie Whittaker / Suzanne Packer (Credit: BBC Studios)Episode Five: The Tsuranga Conundrum

Risk to life: absolute.

Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly -- and unusual -- creatures.

Guest starring Suzanne Packer, Ben Bailey Smith, Brett Goldstein and Lois Chimimba.

Written by Chris Chibnall.

Directed by Jennifer Perrott.
Demons Of The Punjab  - Bradley Walsh / Mandip GillEpisode Six: Demons Of The Punjab

“What’s the point of having a mate with a time machine, if you can’t nip back and see your gran when she was younger?”

India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?

Guest starring Shane Zaza, Amita Suman and Hamza Jeetooa.

Written by Vinay Patel.

Directed by Jamie Childs.




The Woman Who Fell to Earth - Press ReviewsBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Woman Who Fell to Earth: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Sophie Mutevilian ))Press reaction to the new season of Doctor Who is overwhelmingly positive with Jodie Whittaker winning many plaudits for her first full episode as the Thirteenth Doctor

The Independent led the praise for the lead actress's performance. " After all the hype, hyperbole and inevitable internet hate, she acquits herself wonderfully in her full-length debut. Whittaker is a force of breezy nature – rambunctious, quirky but with a reassuringly familiar aura of Gallifreyan uncanniness."

The Guardian loved the interaction between the main characters. "The new Doctor and her team – 19-year-old Ryan, his old schoolmate turned police probationer Yasmin, and Ryan’s step-grandfather Graham (Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh respectively) – have heart and soul, and are set against a comforting background of West Yorkshire women – especially Ryan’s nan – talking common sense as alien life and electrical pulses erupt around them."

Whittaker was also praised by the Telegraph who said the actress shined in a flawed but fun Doctor Who debut. "There has been a depressingly predictable knee-jerk backlash to a time-travelling, body-regenerating extraterrestrial with two hearts having the temerity to be female but this debut adventure barrelled straight past such quibbles. After mere minutes of the Doctor’s arrival – crashing through the roof of a train in Sheffield, having fallen from the Tardis at the climax of the Christmas special – you stopped noticing"

Digital Spy was sure Jodie Whittaker's Doctor is going to be everybody's new hero, and noted how her sex is irrelevant. "For all the buzz, positive and negative, that surrounded Whittaker's casting as the first female Doctor, what her first few scenes make abundantly clear is how unimportant the character's gender really is. It's completely and utterly incidental, a point which 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth' makes not through words – the transition from old to new is discussed no more here than it has been in previous Doctor's debuts – but through actions."

Den of Geek says series 11 premiere finds Doctor Who in rude health. "Whittaker certainly makes an impact in her opening scene - quite literally, as she falls through the roof of the train and meets her new companions. The script cleverly wastes no time in having her do some proper ‘Doctor business’ - fending off an alien, casually dismissing a death in favour of the mystery at hand and persuading police officer Yas not to call for reinforcements. Whittaker shines pretty quickly in these scenes, and has every bit of the quiet intensity of her predecessors."

Variety felt the episode fulfilled a difficult brief. "Striking the right balance has been a tall order for any new Doctor and showrunner to take on, as several pairs have done over the last decade, but the level of difficulty this particular team had to master is arguably the highest yet. That’s why it’s so impressive that “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” is, for the most part, an extremely typical episode of “Doctor Who."

NPR loved the characterisation of The Doctor "With her rich Northern accent (the actress was born in Yorkshire), Whittaker's Doctor isn't posh or effete — no bow ties or fezzes for her. Instead, she radiates pragmatism (if pragmatism is a thing that can radiate) and a decidedly middle-class, we're-all-in-this-together enthusiasm."

Finally, the Los Angeles Times says Doctor Who returns in thrilling fashion. "The new Doctor has both authority and energy; she is playful yet mature, a little mad but not manic, funny and agile and perhaps will turn out a shade less judgmental than some of her predecessors. Chibnall has given Whittaker a lighter brief: “I’m the Doctor,” she declares, “sorting out fair play throughout the universe.” And later, in that soft Yorkshire accent, “Sometimes I see things that need fixin’ and do what I can.”

The Doctor Who News review can be found on our reviews site.




Doctor Who: Time slot ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Series 11 (Credit: BBC)The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who will debut in the UK at 6.45pm on Sunday 7th October.

The first episode of the new series, The Woman Who Fell To Earth, will run from 6.45pm-7.45pm on BBC One, bringing the series to the heart of Sunday evening.

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield.

In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

Action-adventure for all the family, starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. Guest starring Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs.
Doctor Who will air directly after Countryfile, which is watched by between 4 and 6 million viewers each week. It will be followed by Strictly Come Dancing - The Results where the public voting for the BBC One dance show will be revealed to the public.

ITV will be offering a game show in opposition, 5 Gold Rings presented by Philip Schofield. BBC Two will be showing King Arthur's Britain: The Truth Unearthed a new documentary delving into the murky historical period of the Arthurian legends, while on Channel 4 viewers can enjoy Phil Spencer's Stately Homes, where the property expert returns to look round more of Britain's stately homes, beginning with Longleat House in Wiltshire. Channel 5 is showing the 2013 feature film Jack the Giant Slayer.

BBC America has confirmed the episode will be simulcast with UK showing, making a transmission time of 1.45pm ET




Doctor Who Back on Sunday 7 OctoberBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Series 11 - Promotional Image (19 Jul 2018) (Credit: BBC/Elliot Wilcox)
The BBC has confirmed that the new series of Doctor Who will debut in the UK and the US on Sunday 7th October.

The move to Sunday evenings is a radical change for the series, which has been seen in the UK on Saturday nights since its return in 2005. The only previous times the series has been shown on a Sunday was for three episodes shown on Christmas Day and the autumn special, The Waters of Mars.

The switch means that Doctor Who will avoid direct competition with the ITV talent show The X Factor. No timeslot has been confirmed but the series is likely to be shown early evening along with the Strictly Come Dancing Results show.

BBC America has confirmed the first episode will be screened in the United States at the same time it is shown in the UK, meaning the series will debut in the early afternoon. The rest of the series will be seen in the usual prime-time evening slot.

Chris Chibnall, Showrunner said
New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:
With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One’s Autumn schedule.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall has written the first episode of the brand new series which is titled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”.




TVNZ to broadcast Jodie Whitaker's premiere series in New ZealandBookmark and Share

Monday, 16 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
TVNZ have announced that they have the rights to show the new series of Doctor Who in New Zealand when it premieres later this year. The announcement was heralded by the 40 second teaser trailer being broadcast simultaneously across TVNZ 1, TVNZ 2 and DUKE in the lead in to the evening’s 6pm programming.

TVNZ to air Jodie Whittaker series (Credit: TVNZ)


TVNZ Director of Content, Cate Slater, said:
Doctor Who has a special place in popular culture. It’s a global juggernaut with a faithful following. This upcoming season marks the beginning of a new era for the extraordinary Time Lord, with the first ever female Doctor at the helm of the TARDIS.

The time felt right to bring the series back to TVNZ. We can’t wait to share all the action, adventure and humour the show is known and loved for with our viewers, as well as the exciting new twists and turns that are coming their way.

Irene Read, Director of Content Sales for BBC Studios in Australia and New Zealand, says:
We’re delighted that Doctor Who is returning to its original New Zealand home, with TVNZ being an excellent partner to join us for the new era of The Doctor.

The series is expected to air in New Zealand within the same week as the UK, but will be streamed by the channel via TVNZ OnDemand immediately following the UK broadcast.


TVNZ was the first channel to broadcast Doctor Who outside of the United Kingdom, airing An Unearthly Child in September 1964. finally ending its original association with the show with the transmission of The TV Movie in 1999. Since the show's return in 2005 it has been broadcast by Prime.




Doctor Who Back On BBC iPlayerBookmark and Share

Monday, 4 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rose (Credit: BBC)The BBC has announced it is making every episode of Doctor Who made since 2005 available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Ahead of Jodie Whittaker taking up the mantle of the Thirteenth Doctor, all ten series will be available to watch as box sets, plus every special from the past 13 years of the Doctor’s adventures, including mini-episode The Night of the Doctor.

Fans can take the TARDIS back to 2005 to enjoy every moment from Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor first meeting Rose right up to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor’s final moments in last Christmas’s Twice Upon A Time.

The series has been one of the BBC’s biggest successes since returning in 2005, and has seen an extraordinary number of big names appear on the show. In addition to Eccleston and Capaldi, David Tennant and Matt Smith both had star-making turns as the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor respectively, and big-name guest stars include Carey Mulligan, Simon Pegg, Derek Jacobi, Kylie Minogue, Andrew Garfield, Felicity Jones and Bill Nighy.

The inituative followes recent trials where former series of Our Girl and The Bridge were brought back to BBC iPlayer before the new series aired. The BBC says the returning series of Doctor Who will help to ensure BBC iPlayer is a must-visit destination for viewers this summer.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, said
We’re reinventing the BBC for a new generation and BBC iPlayer is key to that. Bringing back these series of Doctor Who is just part of our offer this summer giving viewers the chance to uncover or rediscover the Doctor’s previous adventures. You can also watch the World Cup live in UHD, catch-up on the latest stories unfolding in Albert Square and binge-watch box set drama like Our Girl or comedy like This Country. BBC iPlayer will have something for everyone.




Australian overnight ratings for Twice Upon A TimeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Twice Upon A Time averaged 378,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities. It was ABC TV's highest rating drama of the day and the nineteenth highest rating program of the day overall (The Ashes and Big Bash cricket, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, news and current affairs programs taking 14 of the top 20 rating programs on Boxing Day). These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.

Media Links: TV Tonight




Christmas with the Doctor (Predict the Ratings)Bookmark and Share

Monday, 18 December 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Twice Upon A Time (Credit: BBC)This year sees Doctor Who premiere at 5:30pm on BBC1, with competition for the time slot coming in the form of Emmerdale on ITV and The Morecambe and Wise 1977 Christmas Show on BBC2: if you feel a little deja-vu it's understandable as these were up against Doctor Who last year - and Channel 4 is even showing the same film, Home Alone, on Channel 4!

In fact, looking at this year's Christmas line-up in the evening, you might think you are watching last year, as there is little difference between this year's and last year's offerings on the main two UK channels - both BBC1 and ITV's evening line-up is nigh-on identical apart from broadcast time, with just the 9:00pm ITV drama slot being Jenna Coleman's Victoria this time around.

The bookies' favourite is also familiar, with Strictly Come Dancing once again taking the top slot; however, second place belongs firmly to the departure of Peter Capaldi, with Doctor Who at 4/1. Bake Off is also in the 'mix', though this time at prime-time on Channel 4.

            BBC1                        ITV                           Channel 4
3:00 24/1 The Queen
3:10 66/1 Cinderella 66/1 The Prisoner of Azkaban
4:45 50/1 The Highway Rat
5:50 25/1 Emmerdale
5:15 BBC News
5:30 4/1 Doctor Who
6:30 3/4 Strictly Come Dancing
6:50 ITV News
7:00 12/1 For The Love of Dogs
7:40 6/1 Call The Midwife 20/1 The Great Christmas Bake Off
8:00 21/1 Coronation Street
9:00 14/1 Eastenders 12/1 Victoria
10:00 7/1 Mrs Brown's Boys
10:35 33/1 French and Saunders

Predict The Ratings Competition


With Christmas just around the corner it can mean only one (other) thing - it's time for our annual Predict the Ratings competition! This year readers have the chance to win the latest series of adventures featuring the Doctor, Pearl and Nardole, and culminating in two Doctors' final swansongs!

As always, the aim is to predict the final consolidated viewing figure for Twice Upon A Time as reported by BARB, to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). In addition, we'd like you to predict Doctor Who's position in the weekly chart (which will be used in the case of a tie-break).



The ratings and positions for 2015 and 2016 are presented here for comparison - recent years have seen a decline in television viewing over Christmas Day across all channels, with none of the programmes achieving the heady heights of several years ago.

To enter our competition, please send the following details to comp-xmasratings@doctorwhonews.net:
  • Your name and preferred email address
  • Your country of entry (full details will be requested only if you are the winner)
  • Your guess at the final viewing figure to the nearest 10,000 (eg.9.99m)
  • Your guess at the final position in the chart (eg. 1st) - this will only be used in the event of a tie-break
Terms and Conditions:
  • The competition closes at 08:00 GMT, 26th December 2017.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • BARB final figures are expected in early 2018 we will contact the winner once they have been published
  • The prize is a copy of The Complete Tenth Series and Twice Upon A Time releases on DVD or Bluray; we will confirm the format with the winner at time of notification.

Twice Around The World


Doctor Who has its debut in the United Kingdom on BBC1 at 5:30pm ... but will also be seen in the Middle East at the same time as, with previous years, BBC First simulcast the episode. This will be closely followed by ABC in Australia making it available online via iView immediately after its UK broadcast, and will then be shown in Australian cinemas in the afternoon (01:00 GMT). North America get to see it next, with both BBC America in the United States and SPACE in Canada showing the episode at 9:00pm EST (02:00 GMT).

Boxing Day broadcasts include Prime in New Zealand and ABC in Australia at 7:30pm local time (06:30 and 08:30 GMT respectively), and in the afternoon the episode will be shown on the big screen in Denmark. Viewers in Finland will be able to watch Twice Upon A Time on YLE2 in the evening on the Wednesday, and a British signed version airs in the early hours of Saturday morning on BBC2.

Heading into the new year, and FOX in Germany will be showing the episode dubbed into German on the 10th January, and Sony SciFi in Russia will show it on the 13th. It is expected that RAI4 in Italy and France4 in France will broadcast it in their native languages later in the Spring.

You can keep up with Doctor Who around the world via This Week in Doctor Who




Twice Upon A Time - Timeslot AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon A Time - The Doctor Who Christmas Special (Credit: BBC)
The BBC has confirmed that this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time will be broadcast at 5.30pm, Christmas Day on BBC One.

The timeslot follows the pattern of recent years whch sees Doctor Who as the anchor of the BBC's Christmas Evening Entertainment.

Overseas the Episode is expected to be braodcast on BBC America and on SPACE on Christams Day at 9pm and on ABC Australia on 26th December at 7.30pm.




Retro TV Adds More Classic SerialsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 July 2017 - Reported by DWNP Archive

Retro TV, America’s home to the most complete library of classic Doctor Who available on broadcast television, has acquired rights more serials from the classic era to add to its repertoire.

Matthew Golden, Vice President of Programming said
We’ve been proud to offer the nation the biggest source of classic Doctor Who stories available on broadcast TV, and beginning this autumn, we’re introducing even more. These stories, featuring the First, Second, Third and Fourth Doctors are classic tales that showcase the history and quality of this seminal series at its best. Between our current library and the addition of these new episodes, Retro TV will continue bringing the good Doctor, his companions and his adventures in the TARDIS to our viewers for the years to come.

The additional serials include: “The Aztecs,” a First Doctor cautionary historical story of the dangers of changing the past; “Meglos,” featuring a cactus-like doppelganger of the Fourth Doctor; “Spearhead From Space,” the Third Doctor’s debut adventure and the first story of the series to be filmed and presented in color; and a trio of Second Doctor tales: “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” featuring the early incarnations of one of the Doctor’s most fearsome foes; “The Seeds of Death,” an eerie tale of the Second Doctor’s battle with the original inhabitants of Mars, the Ice Warriors; and “The War Games,” the epic 10-part saga that results in the Second Doctor’s regeneration.


Full listings for Doctor Who Broadcasts around the world can be found on This Week in Doctor Who and on twitter.




Final Australian ratings for World Enough and TimeBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 July 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Including Australian time-shifted viewers, World Enough and Time averaged 534,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 87,000 extra viewers it was the second highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 173,000 extra viewers) and the ninth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for The Doctor Falls and final ratings for The Eaters of LightBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 July 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Doctor Falls has debuted in Australia, averaging 461,000 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.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Eaters of Light averaged 463,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 73,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 162,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.