Robot Orchestra perform Doctor Who themeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released a clip from a forthcoming Royal Institution Christmas Lecture featuring a Robot orchestra performing the Doctor Who theme.

The lecture, entitled A New Revolution is due to be shown on BBC Four next Wednesday at 8pm.





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.




Behind the Lens - The Day of the DoctorBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released a video looking behind the lens on the 50th Anniversary episode.

Voiced by the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, the video features Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt, as well as lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, discussing their 50th Anniversary experiences.





Doctor Who: Behind The LensBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 November 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC's Red Button service will be presenting Doctor Who: Behind The Lens from tonight, available after broadcast of The Day of The Doctor.

Doctor Who: Behind The Lens (Credit: BBC)Doctor Who: Behind The Lens

Voiced by the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. It’s a rollercoaster ride and a time to celebrate. Features Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt, as well as lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, discussing their 50th Anniversary experiences.

Broadcast on the Red Button from:
  • Sat 23 Nov, 9:05pm-10:05pm
  • Sun 24 Nov, 3pm-3:55pm
  • Sun 24 Nov, 8:30pm-9:25pm
  • Wed 27 Nov, 6pm-10pm
  • Thu 28 Nov, 6pm-7:55pm
  • Fri 29 Nov, 6pm-7pm

Also, as reported yesterday, the Red Button service will also see a special spoof produced by Peter Davison:

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

A star studded special written and directed by Peter Davison. With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who about to film, the 'Classic' Doctors are keen to be involved. But do they manage it?

Broadcast on the Red Button from:
  • Sat 23 Nov, 10:05pm-12:40am
  • Sun 24 Nov, 9:25pm-10:35pm





Friday Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The Culture Show documentary on Doctor Who, Me, You and Doctor Who, achieved an overnight audience of 0.9 million viewers, a 4% share of the total audience.

The show was opposite top-rated programme of the day I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, with 9.8 million watching.

Thursday's showing of An Adventure in Space and Time achieved an Appreciation Index score of 88. The score is regarded as excellent.




William Hartnell: The OriginalBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has announced a new short documentary on the first Doctor William Hartnell will be screed on BBC Two tonight, directly following the Mark Gatiss docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

William Hartnell: The Original is five minute programme which looks at what happened to Hartnell after he left Doctor Who. The documentary features rare archive footage and brand new interviews with many who worked with him, including Carole Ann Ford, Peter Purves and Waris Hussein as well as Matt Smith, Peter Davison and Hartnell’s granddaughter, Jessica Carney.

The programme is described as a revealing and affectionate portrait of a much-loved actor, and can be seen at 10.25pm on BBC Two

Note to those recording by EPG: this late addition does not currently have its own entry in guides such as the Sky Planner or even on the BBC's own iPlayer schedule - it isn't clear at present whether this will change, or that the current scheduling times of An Adventure in Space and Time will cover the documentary.




BBC America Live Anniversary Pre-ShowBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
BBC America is celebrating Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary with the first ever live simulcast from YouTube Space Los Angeles.

The station has joined with Nerdist Industries to screen a pre Anniversary show on the station and streamed globally on BBC America's YouTube Channel. Hosted by Veronica Belmont, the Doctor Who 50th Live Pre-Show will air November 23, 2:30pm ET (1930 GMT) just prior to the premiere of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special The Day of The Doctor.

Doctor Who 50th Live Pre-Show will be an all-out celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who and its passionate fans. As the world awaits the global simulcast of the anniversary special, the pre-show will feature a live curation of fan-created content being shared on social media from celebrations around the globe, plus chats with special guests including YouTube star Phil DeFranco.

Perry Simon, General Manager, BBC America commented:
Doctor Who has an amazing social media following and is enormously popular, with millions of views on YouTube. Partnering with YouTube on an innovative pre-show will enable fans everywhere to join our celebration of this groundbreaking series’ 50th anniversary.
Liam Collins, Head of YouTube Space LA.
We’re very excited to work with BBC AMERICA and Nerdist on this first ever simulcast from YouTube Space LA and are looking forward to welcoming Doctor Who fans and YouTube talents for a truly innovative pre-show experience connecting communities all across the world
Veronica Belmont, co-host of the science fiction and fantasy YouTube video show, audio podcast, and book club The Sword and Laser, added:
I’m happy to report that the live pre-show went off without a hitch, and that fans everywhere thoroughly enjoyed The Day of the Doctor. At least, they did in the time stream I just came from.
Following the anniversary special, BBC America’s YouTube channel will host a YouTube-exclusive post-show at 4:00pm ET. In addition, BBC America and BBC America’s YouTube channel will simulcast a primetime pre-show at 7:00pm ET, which will look at the day’s events ahead of BBC America's primetime broadcast of the anniversary special.

The Doctor Who 50th Live Pre-Show will culminate a week-long Doctor Who week on YouTube, featuring content from popular YouTube channels like Nerdist, EmergencyAwesome, Doctor Puppet, PBSideaChannel, How to Cook That, and Rugburn.




Ultimate Guide - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide had an unofficial overnight rating of 0.73 million viewers, a 2.9% share of the total television audience.

The two hour BBC Three documentary looked back over fifty years of Doctor Who and included specially shot sequences staring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. It was the highest rated show on BBC Three for the evening and the highest rated show for all digital TV during the transmission.

An additional 0.16 million watched the repeat at 00.45 getting a 4.9% share of the total audience at that time.

Winner of the day on digital was I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here Now with just over a million viewers.

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide is repeated on Friday at 7pm and is now available on the BBC iPlayer.




Doctor Who Live: The AfterpartyBookmark and Share

Friday, 15 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has announced more details of the BBC Three celebration programme Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, which will immediately follow the premiere of The Day of the Doctor.

Presented live from London’s South Bank, Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards will be joined by Matt Smith and guests to discuss the Doctor's most epic adventure yet. A host of previous Doctors and their time-travelling companions will also take part in what is described as an ultimate celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who.

As well as all the gossip on The Day Of The Doctor, there will be exclusive interviews, monster moments and fans around the world giving their reaction, as they showcase how they are celebrating the special anniversary.

One Direction, the English-Irish pop boy band, will also be joining the party as they gate-crash the show live from LA to wish the Doctor a happy birthday.

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says:
The 50th anniversary is going to be a huge party for Doctor Who and we're delighted that BBC Three will be able to give the fans all the backstage access to the stars at the hottest ticket in town.




The Science of Doctor Who - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Friday, 15 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The Science of Doctor Who had an average overnight audience of 2.6 million viewers, according to unofficial figures.

The lecture in which Professor Brian Cox explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time, was the second highest rated programme on BBC Two for the day. It scored a 12.1% share of the total audience, beating the ITV offering, Breathless, which had 2.2 million watching. On BBC One the fundraising concert, Children in Need Rocks, had an average of 4.2 million viewers. Bedlam, on Channel 4 had 1.2 million watching with Slaughter at the Farm: Countdown to Murder getting 1.3 million.

Overall The Science of Doctor Who was the 16th most watched programme of the day. The programme is available to UK viewers on the BBC iPlayer and is repeated next Friday on BBC Two at 11.05pm.

The repeat of Buzzcocks: The Doctor Who Special, hosted by David Tennant and featuring Bernard Cribbins and Catherine Tate, had an average audience of 1.6 million watching, an audience share of 8.5%, and was 28th for the day.




Doctor Who Day on BBC Radio WalesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 14 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Radio Wales has announced it will dedicate its daytime schedule to Doctor Who on Thursday, November 21 - two days before the worldwide broadcast of the special 50th anniversary adventure, The Day Of The Doctor.

Two of the station’s daytime programmes, Jason Mohammad and Eleri Siôn, will be broadcasting live from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay on the day, with a host of special guests ready to tell the Welsh story of the legendary time traveller. Radio Wales will also be re-broadcasting the Doctor Who Prom that was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July this year.

BBC Radio Wales’ Editor, Steve Austins, says:
I’m thrilled we’re going to celebrate this truly Welsh success story with the Radio Wales Doctor Who Day. Its return in 2005 marked the start of BBC Cymru Wales’ drama success story with programmes like Doctor Who now viewed by millions all over the world. It’s fitting therefore that we pay tribute not only to The Doctor but also to all those involved in making the series from our Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay. I’d say it’s one of the great Welsh success stories of recent years.
From 10am on Radio Wales Doctor Who Day, Jason Mohammad will be chatting with Jenna Coleman about her role as the Doctor’s current companion, Clara Oswald, and Steven Moffat, the show’s head writer and executive producer, will be answering listeners’ questions. Mohammad will also be talking to the curator of the Doctor Who Experience, Andrew Beech, and there will be a special item about how Wales has benefited from its association with the long-running series.

Mohammad’s connection with the series is stronger than some listeners of his Radio Wales show may appreciate, as he’s appeared as a newsreader on both Doctor Who and the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures. He’s therefore experienced some of the passion the fans have for the series at first hand.
I still get mail from Doctor Who fans, I’ve got one letter which I’ve kept from a guy in New Zealand who said, ‘I’m not familiar with your repertoire - I don’t know what else you’ve done, but may I say you played the role of a newsreader very well,’ not knowing that it was my job at the time.
Eleri Siôn will take over the live broadcasts from the Doctor Who Experience from 1pm, with an interview with location manager Iwan Roberts about his job and some of the Welsh locations used on the series. There will also be an exclusive look behind the scenes as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales records the music for The Day Of The Doctor, including interviews with composer Murray Gold and conductor Ben Foster. Film critic Gary Slaymaker will also assess the impact Doctor Who has made on film.

BBC Radio Wales can be heard globally via the BBC Website.




Doctor Who Live: The AfterpartyBookmark and Share

Friday, 8 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus

BBC Three has announced it will host a celebration show, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty directly after the BBC One screening of The Day of the Doctor.

No details are yet available on the content or the guests on the programme.




Exclusive: Doctors Revisited clipsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
General entertainment channel Watch reaches the Ninth and Tenth Doctors' eras this weekend with its UK premiere run of the BBC America celebratory series The Doctors Revisited - and Doctor Who News has been given exclusive clips from both the latest documentaries.

The 11-part series, consisting of 30-minute episodes, features the story behind each Doctor, alongside footage from their era, plus a specially-curated selection of stories, and the next two editions centre on the Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.

See the clips below:


Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited - The Ninth Doctor airs on Saturday 9th November at 2pm, followed by the episodes Bad Wolf at 2.30pm and The Parting of the Ways at 3.30pm.

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited - The Tenth Doctor airs on Sunday 10th November at 2pm, followed by the episodes Silence In The Library at 2.30pm and Forest of the Dead at 3.30pm.

The series will conclude on Saturday 16th November when Watch focuses on the Eleventh Doctor's era.
With thanks to UKTV Watch and Taylor Herring PR




The Science of Doctor Who: trailer releasedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 November 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Two have released the trailer for their forthcoming programme The Science of Doctor Who, an investigation of science concepts behind the series to be presented by Professor Brian Cox next Thursday, 14th November at 9:00pm.


The Science of Doctor Who (Credit: BBC/Mark Allen)For one night only, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world’s favourite Timelord, Doctor Who.

Brian takes an audience, with the help of celebrity guests, on a journey into the wonderful universe of The Doctor, in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans as well anyone with a thirst for understanding.

Brian is in the unique position of knowing The Doctor’s universe inside out as well as the reality behind the drama. When the TARDIS travels through time and space, Brian understands the physics involved. And when it comes to life on other planets, Brian knows the real science that could prove extra-terrestrial life might just really exist in our galaxy.