New Doctor Who scene for #SaveTheDayBookmark and Share

Saturday, 21 March 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Steven Moffat supporting #SaveTheDay (Credit: Steven Moffat on Twitter)A new, specially written scene is to be released online tonight at 6:30pm GMT to introduce the #SaveTheDay initiative for an international viewing of the 50th Anniversary story The Day Of The Doctor.

The scene has been written by the story's writer and former showrunner Steven Moffat; organiser Emily Cook told Radio Times:
Seeing as we’re all stuck in self-isolation with nothing to do, and given so many fans have got engaged with this now-global Day of the Doctor rewatch party, I thought it might be fun to create a new introduction video, inspired by the one which was shown in cinemas before the Anniversary Special was simulcast in 2013! I approached Steven Moffat with the idea and, amazingly, he jumped on board! He’s written a special scene which is utterly brilliant! Brand-new Doctor Who created remotely while we’re all in self-isolation. I really hope fans enjoy this! It's a real treat!
Details of the scene, and who will present it, are being kept under wraps, but the writer has briefly returned to Twitter to celebrate the event, saying:
Hi. Steven Moffat here. Actual Steven Moffat, if there's still anyone bothering to pretend to be me. Only here for the Day Of The Doctor tweet-a-long, 7pm GMT, 21st March. #savetheday Disappearing after that BEFORE THEY GET ME!!!!

The worldwide "watchathon" takes place at 7:00pm GMT/3:00pm ET/6:00am AEDT/8:00am NZDT.






Resolution time confirmed for CanadaBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
SPACE have confirmed when they will be showing the New Year's Day special, Resolution:
Resolution: Yaz (MANDIP GILL), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE), Mitch (NIKESH PATEL), Ryan (TOSIN COLE), Graham (BRADLEY WALSH) (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)As the series continues to break from tradition, the TARDIS touches down for the brand-new DOCTOR WHO New Year’s Day special, Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. In “Resolution,” as the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring, from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?

Leading up to the premiere of the festive special, Space airs the NEW YEAR, NEW DOCTOR marathon, giving viewers the chance to catch up on Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the traveling Time Lord, beginning 9 a.m. ET on January 1.

Seasons 1-10 of DOCTOR WHO are available to stream now, exclusively on Crave. Season 11 and “Resolution” stream exclusively on Crave beginning June 2019.

DOCTOR WHO is produced by BBC Studios.




Resolution: new images releasedBookmark and Share

Friday, 14 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released some new images to promote the forthcoming New Year's Day special, Resolution, which as well as featuring the regular cast also includes Charlotte Ritchie as Lin, Nikesh Patel as Mitch, and Daniel Adeboyega as Aaron.

Resolution: Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE) and Mitch (NIKESH PATEL) (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Resolution: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Ryan (TOSIN COLE), Mitch (NIKESH PATEL), Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE) (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Resolution: Yaz (MANDIP GILL), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE), Mitch (NIKESH PATEL), Ryan (TOSIN COLE), Graham (BRADLEY WALSH) (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)
Resolution: Daniel Adeboyega (Credit: BBC/James Pardon) Resolution: Mitch (NIKESH PATEL) (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Resolution: Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE) (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)

Resolution (Credit: BBC/Chris Hill)





Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times, 8-14 Dec 2018 (Credit: Radio Times)This week's edition of the Radio Times (8-14 Dec) is the latest in this year's issues to showcase Doctor Who, making it the fourth time in six months that Jodie Whittaker has graced the front cover! Unlike in previous years, however, it isn't the Doctor's Christmas adventure being previewed this time around but her New Year's outing instead.

Inside the magazine is a four page interview with Bradley Walsh, who discusses his career to date and also explains why he wouldn't want to play the Doctor himself:
My style can be as manic as the next person's, but the Doctor has a certain style and, despite regeneration, I think they ostensibly remain the same type of person. And if you don't know the back catalogue and all the jargon, you're up against it. Whereas I ducked out in 1969 (during Patrick Troughton's time as the Doctor) and for me this is brand spanking new. Besides, Jodie is absolutely fantastic.
Another page focusses on Bradley's co-stars, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, both of whom still enjoy their anonymity, and on the forthcoming New Year's Day special. The issue also, of course, covers the final episode in the current run of the series, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, on this Sunday at 6:25pm.

The Radio Times is available to purchase now from retail outlets in the UK, and the magazine's "legendary Christmas edition", covering New Years Day, is also out now.


Radio Times (21-27 Jul 2018) (Credit: Radio Times) Radio Times (6-12 Oct 2018) (Credit: Immediate) Radio Times (20-27 Oct 2018) (Credit: Immediate)




ResolutionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The name for Doctor Who's New Years Day outing has been revealed in the festive special of Radio Times as being named Resolution. The hour-long special will be broadcast at 7:00pm on BBC One, nestling between the news and Eastenders, and will be on against Emmerdale on ITV.

Resolution: The Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)
As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring, from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?




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)




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.




Twice Upon A Time - Chart PositionBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who - Twice Upon A Time, which had an official rating of 7.92 million viewers, was the 9th highest rated programme for Christmas week, according to figures released by BARB.

The top rated programme for the week was the BBC coverage of the New Year Fireworks display on London's South Bank. The Queen's Christmas message was shown on both BBC One and ITV 1 with the combined rating making it the 7th most watched programmme. The BBC had seven of the top slots while ITV had just two, botth for episodes of Coronation street.

The BBC has also issued details of christmas viewing on the BBC iPlayer.

The most popular show on BBC iPlayer over the whole festive period was the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders, which saw 1.6 million requests. Doctor Who had just over 1 million requests making it 9th overall in the iPlayer chart.





Twice Upon A Time: Official RatingBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 3 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon a Time: The First Doctor (David Bradley), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time had a 7-Day official rating of 7.92 million viewers.

The rating includes those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days. The final rating is an increase of over 2.2 million on the initially reported figure. It makes Twice Upon a Time the highest rated episode of Doctor Who since the 2014 Christmas episode Last Christmas.

An additional 600,000 viewers have accessed the episode on the BBC iPlayer so far.

Doctor Who was the 6th highest rated show on Christmas Day. Top for the day was the Drama Call The Midwife with 9.57 million watching, just ahead of Mrs Browns Boys with 9.04 million. The Queen's Christmas Message had 8.18 million viewers across BBC One and ITV1. The highest rated show on ITV1 was Coronation Street with 6.99 million.

A chart placing for the whole week will be available next Monday.

In 2017 Doctor Who had an average rating of 5.64 million viewers, compared with 6.16 million for the 2015 series.





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.

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Twice Upon A Time - AI:81Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon a Time: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time had an Audience Appreciation or AI score of 81.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

The score is similiar to that received by last year's Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio which scored 82.

The highest score of the evening was shared by Call the Midwife on BBC One, Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas on ITV1 and Victoria on ITV1 all of which scored 88. The highest rated show of the day, Mrs Brown's Boys, had an AI of 83.




Twice Upon A Time - Press ReactionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon a Time: Bill (Pearl Mackie), The First Doctor (David Bradley), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Press reaction to the final Twelfth Doctor story Twice Upon A Time is in and generally positive.

The Guardian found much to admire in the story "There’s so much that is good about the episode. Good jokes – mainly about the First Doctor’s embarrassing un-PC old-fashioned attitudes (“Aren’t all ladies made of glass, in a way?”). I like the second world war spoiler too. “Yes, but what do you mean, [world war] one?” asks the Captain, not understanding the unthinkable. I like Twelve’s “over to you Mary Berry” to One, just because he’s old, I think. Anyway, it’s funny."

The Mirror felt the episode delivered. "It's an emotional rollercoaster to watch and the minute's whizz by so fast, too fast. I felt the ticking clock in my living room was ticking a little louder, counting down to the moment we had to say goodbye to Capaldi's Doctor. I'm so glad that the Powers That Be decided to bring Pearl Mackie's Bill back to the show for one more outing. In an episode that can't really escape from a looming theme of death, Bill brings not only a sense of fun but also heart to the episode."

However, The Telegraph wasn't impressed. "Heavy on stagy dialogue and light on action, the narrative got mired in its own mythology, too busy making knowingly nerdy references to construct a coherent adventure. Ultimately, even the hero admitted there wasn’t a villain."

The Daily Mail found the episode wretchedly dull. "We had to endure an age of Capaldi wringing his hands and begging humanity to ‘be kind’. David Bradley reprised the First Doctor, originally portrayed by William Hartnell in the Sixties. His chief role was to make scandalising remarks about the importance of having a woman about the place to do the dusting, and to look horrified when Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) hinted she was a lesbian."

Radio Times felt the story was lacking substance but praised the nostalgia inherent in the story. "I get a little surge of joy that on Christmas Day 2017 the BBC1 audience will glimpse clips from 1966’s The Tenth Planet of William Hartnell and Michael Craze, both long dead, and my very alive pal Anneke Wills. The lamentable recast versions of companions Ben and Polly are kept mercifully brief, but in a coup of televisual magic a monochrome Hartnell transmogrifies into Bradley in HD colour. The first Doctor rematerialises right before our eyes."

The Independent praised the two lead actors. "Peter Capaldi, as ever, turns out an incredible performance as the Twelfth Doctor. In fact, you wouldn’t expect anything less given that his entire run as the Time Lord has been nothing short of magnificent. Unfortunately, given that this is his Doctor’s finale, David Bradley steals the show as the First Doctor. "

Digital Spy felt the episode delivered where it needed to, also praising David Bradley's portrayal of the First Doctor. "His performance really is spot on – a little spiky, pompous, yet warm and humane. Bradley puts his own stamp on the first Doctor, while remaining enough like his predecessor William Hartnell to soothe the Whovian hardcore. You're left hungry for more – for a story where Bradley's first Doctor is more than a distraction from the main event."

Den of Geek felt the acting plaudits belonged to one of the guest stars. "I can’t overstate just what superb work Mark Gatiss does too, as The Captain. Even before the moving revelation as to who his character really is comes out (maybe it’s Christmas, that that gave me a very warm punch), Gatiss’ quiet, diligent, matter-of-fact performance was tinged with a melancholy edge. Appreciating he had to do some of the ‘what are you talking about’ dialogue to the Doctors, I thought he played it superbly. Polite, baffled, and quietly curious."

AV Club felt the episode was a fitting tribute to the Twelfth Doctor. "This is a thoughtful, funny, incredibly moving episode about kindness, bravery, and the way small choices can make a huge impact. It allows Moffat to reflect on Doctor Who as an entire 54-year series while also serving as a more specific tribute to the 12th Doctor. And it gives Peter Capaldi a beautiful final showcase that demonstrates just how much he’s grown into the role since his rather ominous beginnings back in season eight."

Some felt the regeneration was too drawn out inculding IndieWire "The tradition of the Doctor pushing back against his regeneration is a recent one, and it makes for a prolonged and unnecessary goodbye. Regenerations are at their best when we’re tricked into forgetting they’re coming, like Eccleston’s magnificent and premature departure in 2005’s “The Parting of the Ways.” So having David Tennant, then Matt Smith and now Capaldi each deliver a drawn-out Christmas special swan song feels like three wasted episodes."

iNews praised the writing of Steven Moffat's last story. "The sharply-written interplay between both Doctors, in fact – and later Bill – was one of the joys of this episode. “Atmospheric? (It’s like) a restaurant for the French,” sneered Bradley’s First, gazing around the Twelfth’s hugely modified control room. “I thought I’d become… younger,” the earlier incarnation mused, gazing worriedly at his older self."

Finally Inverse found the episode a fitting final appearance for the twelfth Doctor. "“Kind” is the defining word for the 12th Doctor. It’s what moves him at the Christmas Armistice in Ypres, and it’s part of his final advice to his next self. That the incarnation who began his existence so prickly and aloof would end it as the champion of kindness speaks to just how much this Doctor grew and developed over this three seasons."

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




Twice Upon A time - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Twice Upon A Time had an audience of 5.66 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures, a share of 29.1% of the total television audience.



The figure is almost identical to that received by last year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, which had 5.68 million watching.

Top for the day was Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special with 6.80 million viewers. The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special had 6.46 million watching compared to 7.2 million last year.

BBC One outrated ITV 1 from midday to midnight with Coronation Street the only programme on the channel to break 5 million viewers with 5.07 million watching. Victoria the drama starring Jenna Coleman had 2.74 million watching.

HM The Queen's Christmas Message had 5.26 million watching on BBC One and 1.87 million on ITV 1.

Official ratings, including those who recorded te show and watched it later, will be published in two weeks time.




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