Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror - PicturesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror.

The story is written by Nina Metivier and directed by Nida Manzoor, both making their debut on Doctor Who.
Written by Nina Metivier
Directed by Nida Manzoor
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Guest starring Goran Višnjić and Robert Glenister.

1903. Who or what is sabotaging Nikola Tesla's generator plant at Niagara Falls? And has this maverick inventor really received a message from Mars?
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm next Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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COMING SOON | Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror




Spyfall - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 13 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Spyfall: Ada Lovelace (Sylvie Briggs), Charles Babbage (Mark Dexter), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
The first episode of the new season of Doctor Who, Spyfall, had an official rating of 6.89 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB. The conclusion of the story, shown four days later on BBC One had 6.07 million viewers.

The ratings were considerably higher than the initial overnight figure and makes the two episodes the 4th and 6th most watched on BBC Television for the week and the 8th and 16th across all television.

For Spyfall, Part One 6.70 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 101,000 watched on their PC, 49,000 watched on a Tablet device and 27,000 watched on a smartphone.

For Spyfall, Part Two 5.91 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set with an additional 85,000 watched on their PC, 46,000 watched on a Tablet device and 34,000 watched on a smartphone.

The ratings are down on the opening years of last season but are scoring higher than Series 10

Top for the week was the New Year Fireworks on BBC One getting 10.84 million watching, 2 million down on last year.

Each episode of Skyfall had an Appreciation Index score of 82




Orphan 55 - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 13 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Orphan 55: Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Doctor Who Orphan 55, was watched by 4.19 million viewers in the UK yesterday according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating, representing 20.9% of the total viewing audience made Doctor Who the fifth most popular show on British Television yesterday. Doctor Who was beaten by its ITV opposition, Dancing on Ice, which had 4.51 million viewers.

Top for the day was Call the Midwife, with 6.24 million viewers. Countryfile, the lead into Doctor Who, had 5.13 million. The drama The Trial of Christine Keeler had 3.67 million watching.

The overnight figure counts those who watched the show yesterday. Final figures, released next Monday, will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later and are likely to be substantially higher.




Series 12 Episode Titles ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Orphan 55: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The titles of the next four episodes of Doctor Who have been confirmed in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
Episode Three: Orphan 55

Written by Ed Hime
Directed by Lee Haven Jones

Exhausted and wrung out, the Doctor and her friends embark on a much-needed holiday. But it's not the relaxing break they hoped for..
Orphan 55 is written by Ed Hime and directed by Lee Haven Jones. The episode was partly filmed on location in Tenerife. It features actors Col Farrell and Julia Elizabeth Fogle.
Episode Four: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror

Written by Nina Metivier
Directed by Nida Manzoor

Inventor Nikola Tesla is at war with his rival Thomas Edison. However, there is an even greater threat in their midst.
In Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror we are taken back to 20th Century New York.

The first script by Nina Metivier for the series continues the recent habit of the Doctor meeting famous characters from history. This time it is the scientist best known for his contributions to the design of the alternating current electricity supply system. Telsar is played by Croatian actor Goran Višnjić, best known for appearing in ER. His great rival Thomas Edison is played by Robert Glenister, who last appeared in Doctor Who in 1984 playing Salateen in the fifth Doctor's final story The Caves of Androzani.

It is directed by Nida Manzoor making her debut on the series
Episode Five: Fugitive of the Judoon

Written by Vinay Patel
Directed by Nida Manzoor

Stomping their way into present day Gloucester the Judoon are on the hunt for someone on the run. Who is this fugitive? And why are these alien mercenaries after them?
The return of everybody's favourite intergalactic policemen is in Fugitive of the Judoon.

This is Vinay Patel's second episode for the series after last season's Demons Of The Punjab. It is also directed by Nida Manzoor, and guest star's Neil Stuke and Jo Martin.
Episode Six: Praxeus

Written by Pete McTighe
Directed by Jamie Magnus Stone

The Doctor and her friends split up to investigate multiple mysteries across planet Earth. What will they find will threaten all of humanity...
Written by Pete McTighe who penned Kerblam! for the last series.

It is directed by Jamie Magnus Stone who was responsible for the acclaimed first episode of this series Spyfall, and guest stars include Matthew McNulty and Joana Borja. The majority of the episode was filmed in South Africa.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 547Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 547 (Credit: Panini)The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Number 547, is published today and includes an exclusive interview with Bradley Walsh, who plays Graham in the new series of Doctor Who.

Also in the magazine
  • The second part of an exclusive, in-depth interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • Interviews with the new writers of Series 12
  • Exclusive previews of the next four episodes.
  • The untold story of Denis Alan Print, the Doctor Who merchandise company co-owned by Tom Baker.
  • Doctor Who’s top ten Master reveals.
  • Behind the scenes at the OFFSTAGE Theatre Group, whose Doctor Who plays and comedy sketches were popular at conventions from 2003 to 2013.
  • The Fact of Fiction begins an epic exploration of The Daleks’ Master Plan.
  • Part Five of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The answers to DWM’s Christmas Quiz.
  • Reviews of the Season 26 Blu-ray box set and the new vinyl edition of The Web Planet.
  • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more.


On sale from Thursday 9 January 2020£5.99 (UK)

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 547 (Credit: Panini)
DWM 547 is also available as a strictly limited Deluxe Edition, exclusive to WH Smith and store.panini.co.uk priced £9.99.

 In addition to the latest issue of DWM, the Deluxe Edition includes:
  • An exclusive 76-minute music CD, featuring 22 classic and rare tracks from 1963 to 1989.
  • A 32-page supplement, comprising classic comic-strip stories featuring the Master.
  • A giant double-sided poster.
  • A Series 12 art card.
  • Three Big Finish audio dramas to download.
  • Big Finish stickers.




Orphan 55 - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Orphan 55.

The story is written by Ed Hime, who penned the 2018 story It Takes You Away and is directed by Lee Haven Jones
Written by Chris Chibnall
Directed by Lee Haven Jones
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

The Doctor and her friends discover that the luxury resort where they are holidaying is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters attacking Tranquillity Spa?
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm next Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

Orphan 55: Sylas (Lewin Lloyd) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Benni (Col Farrell), Vilma (Julia Elizabeth Fogle) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Kane (Laura Fraser) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Nevi (James Buckley) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Orphan 55: Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
COMING SOON | Orphan 55




Spyfall - Part Two - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 6 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Spyfall - Part Two : O (Sacha Dhawan) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))Doctor Who Spyfall Part Two, was watched by 4.6 million viewers in the UK yesterday according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating, representing 22.6% of the total viewing audience, was disappointing for the series making Doctor Who the fifth most popular show on British Television yesterday. Doctor Who was beaten by its ITV opposition, Dancing on Ice: The Launch, which had 5.14 million viewers.

Top for the day was the return of Call the Midwife, with 6.97 million viewers. Countryfile, the lead into Doctor Who, had 5.04 million. Football also did well with Match of the Day seen by 5.14 million during the afternoon.

With overnight figures for the whole week now available, Doctor Who is the 24th and 28th most watched programme. Top for the week was the New Year Fireworks on BBC One with 10.33 million watching.

The overnight figure counts those who watched the show yesterday. Final figures, released next Monday, will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later and are likely to be substantially higher.




Spyfall - Audience ReactionBookmark and Share

Friday, 3 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Audience reaction to the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, Spyfall, is overwhelmingly positive with many reviewers praising the story.

The Mirror said it was an epic start to the new series. "the most exciting thing about the episode is the never-ending twists and turns that quite literally left my jaw hanging open."

Radio Times was equally impressed seeing the story as a vast improvement on the previous series. "Part One races along and is slickly directed by newcomer Jamie Magnus Stone. His grandfather was Magnus Magnusson, the broadcasting legend behind the BBC quiz, Mastermind. A clue hidden in plain sight?"

The Telegraph liked the pace "The episode – the first of a two-parter – zipped along, with Whittaker doing her hyperactive thing and her companions (Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill) given generous amounts of screen time."

Den of Geek loved the plot twists "Spyfall, as you might expect from an episode that’s so gleefully borrowing from 007 and his kin, is a globetrotting adventure that barely ever stands still long enough to catch its breath"

inews compared the episode to the thirteenth Doctor's first season. "Whittaker’s debut series established a Doctor Who that had never looked more slick or cinematic, but Spyfall goes even further, with huge, stylish, lavishly shot set-pieces like a frantic, gun-toting motorbike chase through striking Californian farmland."

The series premiered on New Year's Day on BBC One where it received an Appreciation Index score of 82




Spyfall - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Thursday, 2 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: Spyfall: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Doctor Who Spyfall Part One, was watched by an average of 4.88 million viewers, 21.6% of the total TV audience at the time.

The audience is slightly lower than last year's New Year Special which had an overnight figure of 5.15 million watching.

Doctor Who was the second-highest-rated show for the day with Emmerdale taking top honours with 5 million watching. Coronation Street was third, just behind Doctor Who. The new Steven Moffat series Dracula had 3.57 million watching.

The rating does not include those recording the programme and watching it later. Final ratings will be released in two weeks time which are likely to put Doctor Who as the top-rated show of the day.




Doctor Who - Spyfall - Arrives TodayBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who returns to TV screens around the world today with the launch of the 38th series of the show, the twelfth since the series returned in 2005.
Doctor Who: Spyfall: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
The series returns with Spyfall, written by showrunner Chris Chibnall and starring Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor.
Written by Chris Chibnall
Directed by Jamie Magnus Stone
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.
Guest-starring Stephen Fry and Lenny Henry

Intelligence agents around the world are under attack from alien forces, so MI6 turns to the only people who can help - The Doctor and friends.

As the team travels the globe looking for answers, attacks come from all sides. Earth’s security rests on their shoulders - but where will this planet-threatening conspiracy lead them?
The series launches on BBC One at 6.55pm on New Year's Day, with the Australian/New Zealand debut about an hour later at 6:55am AEDT/9:00am NZDT on ABC's online iView service and TVNZ 2, and the American/Canadian debut following a few hours later at 8pm ET on BBC America and CTV Sci-Fi channel. Viewers in Australia can also see it on television at at 7.30pm on ABC.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who Series 12 T-ShirtsBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Studios today announced that Forbidden Planet will be releasing brand new, exclusive Doctor Who T-shirts during Series 12, which goes on air from 1st January 2020.

A range of 10 Doctor Who T-shirts will launch during the new series, themed around each week’s episode and available to pre-order at ForbiddenPlanet.com the morning after transmission.

Kicking off the new series, Doctor Who will return to BBC One on 1st January at 6:55pm for a New Year’s Day special named Spyfall, with subsequent episodes broadcasting every Sunday.

Returning for her second season, the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) will resume her travels through time and space with friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Graham (Bradley Walsh).

Anita Majhu, Senior Licensing Manager at BBC Studios, said
This is such an exciting line and we’re thrilled to be offering Doctor Who fans the opportunity to be a part of the new series in this way.
Anthony Garnon, Licensing & Special Projects Manager, Forbidden Planet, said
Months of behind the scenes planning and co-ordination, this is Doctor Who merchandising on a whole new level. Don't just watch the episode, live it with Forbidden Planet!
T-shirts will be available to pre-order online and will be priced at £15.99 RRP.




Predict the RatingsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor (Series 12 Profile) (Credit: BBC)After a year off, Doctor Who is back and so are we with our festive Predict the Ratings competition! This year readers have the chance to win a copy of this latest series of adventures featuring the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan on Blu-ray/DVD upon its release date (currently scheduled for March 2020).

As always, the aim is to predict the final consolidated viewing figure in the United Kingdom for Spyfall Part One 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 episode is broadcast in the UK on New Year's Day at 6:55pm on BBC One; ITV will broadcast Doctor Who's 'traditional' competition in the form of Emmerdale from 7:00pm, with BBC Two showing Masterchef: The Professionals Rematch 2019 (also at 7:00pm), Channel 4 halfway through The Lion King (6:00pm), and Channel 5 continuing The Two Ronnies: the Unseen Sketches (from 6:20pm). Last year's BBC prime time premiere was the return of Luther: this year it is the new adaptation of Dracula from the pen of Sherlock and of course Doctor Who writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

For comparison, last year's New Year's Day special, Resolution, was watched by 7.13 million viewers, and achieved 14th place in the weekly chart. Its 7:00pm timeslot put it up against Emmerdale on ITV, The Snow Wolf: A Winter's Tale on BBC Two, Sister Act on Channel 4 and The Morecambe and Wise Show: Look Back in Laughter on Channel 5. Doctor Who easily won its timeslot, but was narrowly beaten later in the evening by old rival Coronation Street (7.17m), and Luther (9.10m); the annual New Year's Day fireworks exploded their way to the top of the chart with 12.39m.


To enter our competition, please send the following details to comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net with the subject, "No Doctor, I expect you to ...":
  • 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, 2nd January 2020
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide
  • BARB final figures are expected in early 2020, we will contact the winner once they have been published
  • The prize is a copy of The Complete Series Twelve on either DVD or Bluray; we will confirm the format with the winner at time of notification.


Good luck and don't forget to watch the series opener yourself! See our guide for current schedules for the episode locally, and visit This Week in Doctor Who for the continuing adventures of all of the Doctors around the world!





Anjli Mohindra and Laura Fraser to guest star in Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Laura FraserAnjli MohindraThe BBC has announced that television stars Anjli Mohindra and Laura Fraser are set to guest star in upcoming episodes of Doctor Who.

Previously starring as Rani Chandra in the CBBC Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, Anjli is no stranger to the Whoniverse but as she takes on a new character, it’s safe to say she’ll be worlds away from her usual appearance…

Starring in a separate episode, Laura has previously starred in various dramas including the hit BBC show, The Missing and more recently Better Call Saul.

On appearing in Doctor Who, Anjli Mohindra says:
As a huge fan of the last series, it’s a bit of a dream come true getting to work opposite Jodie, Mandip, Tosin and of course after all these years, to work with Bradley again! There’s something undeniably special about Jodie’s Doctor, and to be bringing some terror to the joint was rather fun indeed.
Laura Fraser adds:
I love this episode and couldn’t resist playing such an intense character. I watched Doctor Who every week as a child, so it was a massive thrill to be asked to take part in such an iconic show.
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, says:
It was a real joy to welcome Anjli and Laura to the show. We’ve wanted to work with them since we started and have found the perfect characters for them to show off their talent and range - both formidable in very different ways.
Doctor Who will return to BBC One on New Year’s Day at 6.55pm. The new series will begin with a two-parter entitled Spyfall, with part two airing on Sunday 5 January.




Doctor Who Magazine issue 546Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 12 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 546 (Credit: Panini)The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine features exclusive previews of the new season, due to launch on New Year's Day.

Every issue of the festive Doctor Who Magazine includes:
  • A Giant Double-sided Poster
  • A Thirteenth Doctor Art Card
Other highlights include:
  • An exclusive, in-depth interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall, plus his latest Production Notes.
  • The directors of Series 12 speak exclusively to DWM.
  • Exclusive previews of the first new-series episodes: Spyfall Parts One and Two.
  • Tosin Cole (who plays Ryan Sinclair) answers questions from the TARDIS Tin.
  • An Advent in Space and Time: six decades of festive TV and radio highlights.
  • DWM revisits the Doctor Who pantomimes of the 1980s.
  • The final part of a candid interview with former script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • Broadcaster Ian Collins recalls playing a Haemovore in 1989’s The Curse of Fenric.
  • An exclusive preview of the Season 26 Blu-ray box set.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen.
  • DWM’s fiendishly tricky Christmas Quiz.
  • Part Four of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Audio and book reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
On sale from Thursday 12 December 2019 £6.99 (UK)