Doctor Who Magazine Special: The Year Of The DoctorBookmark and Share

Friday, 15 August 2014 - Reported by Marcus
DWM Special, The Year of the DoctorDiscover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the most exciting year in Doctor Who's long history in the latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition. Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, marking half a century of time-travel adventures. The Year of the Doctor is researched and compiled by Andrew Pixley, and has 100 pages packed with previously unpublished photos, day-to-day details of Doctor Who’s production and hundreds of fascinating new facts.

This essential guide contains in-depth articles on the Paul McGann mini-episode The Night of the Doctor; the 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor; Matt Smith's final story The Time of Doctor; the drama based on the origins of the series, An Adventure in Space and Time; the hilarious The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot; Doctor Who at the Proms 2013; the Brian Cox lecture The Science of Doctor Who; the documentaries Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide and Me, You and Doctor Who; Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty; and much, much more!

The Year of the Doctor is in shops now, priced £5.99.




The Time of the Doctor - Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 6 January 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The Time of the Doctor had a final official rating of 11.14 million viewers, according to figures published by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.

The consolidated figure includes those who recorded the programme and watched it within seven days, and is a substantial increase on the initial overnight figure. The episode is confirmed as the second-highest rated programme on British television for Christmas Day, and the third-highest rated programme for the whole week. Only three programmes in the week rated more than 10 million.

Top of the list for the week was the revived sitcom Still Open All Hours, which had 12.23 million watching, while Mrs Brown's Boys topped the charts for Christmas Day itself, with 11.52 million viewers. ITV's highest-rated programme was Coronation Street, scheduled directly against Doctor Who, where it had 9.83 million watching.

Doctor Who was accessed on the BBC iPlayer around 1.9 million times in the week after transmission.



Congratulations to Alan Chapman from Scotland who predicted the ratings for The Time of the Doctor exactly. He wins three signed script fronts from recent Big Finish releases.




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




Time of the Doctor - AI scoreBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who The Time of the Doctor achieved an Appreciation Index score of 83

The Appreciation Index is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the episode. The score of 83 puts the programme in the good category, even though it is one of the lowest scores of the Matt Smith era.

Highest scorers of the day included Call the Midwife and Mrs Brown's Boys, both of which scored 87.

The BBC Three repeat had an audience of 0.35 million viewers, a share of 1.5% of the total TV audience. The repeat had an AI score of 84.




Overnight Australian ratings for The Time of the DoctorBookmark and Share

Friday, 27 December 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Time of the Doctor averaged 686,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities. It won its timeslot (beating the T20 Big Bash Cricket), was the highest rating drama of the day and the eighth highest rating program of the day overall. These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




The Time of the Doctor: press reaction (international)Bookmark and Share

Friday, 27 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Here are a selection of excerpts from reviews published by the international press as The Time of The Doctor made its way around the world yesterday.

The most powerful moments in The Time Of The Doctor didn't involve a stand-off against intergalactic bullies and mad despots - they involved the Doctor reflecting on his time, and slowly giving in to the ravages of age. In this vein, Smith managed to wring genuine emotion out of his final on-screen appearance, but also nailed the quieter moments: the shutdown of a disembodied cyber-head is also the loss of a trusted friend.

(It) is a celebration of the recent past, and a dedication to the Eleventh Doctor, and his time in the Tardis. Time marches on for everybody, even Doctor Who, and everything eventually ends. While there is comfort in the fact that the story goes on, the Eleventh Doctor's time is over. It might have been silly sometimes, and the time-travel shenanigans often got overly complicated, but it was another fine chapter in the lives and times of Doctor Who. The next one is about to begin, but there is plenty of fun and emotion in the Eleventh's chapter that is worth celebrating.

Robert Smith, New Zealand Herald
I shed a tear in the knowledge that possibly the best Doctor the show has seen in its half century is no more. Smith had the ability to persuade his audience that he was, indeed, a millennium old man in a very young man's body. Well, on Boxing Day night on Prime, he discarded that body like a favourite suit too worn and raggedy to patch anymore. RIP 11. We are already missing you.

Smith is at his glorious best in this special, with plenty of reminders of why he might just be the best Doctor yet. Scrub that, he is the best yet and I'm going to miss his portrayal terribly.
Chris Gardner, Stuff
The episode is ripe with writer/producer Steven Moffat's leitmotifs: messages sent across space and time, gatherings of The Doctor's rivals, small towns and sheriff badges. And some of the show's classic tropes: broken technology, the TARDIS telephone and lots of lovely one-liners. The risk, of course, is that the episode is so laden with in-universe references and nods to past episodes, moments, characters and aliens than it becomes almost impossible to navigate for someone without even a cursory knowledge of Doctor Who lore.

This is a pensive finish, but not gut-wrenching in the way that Davies wrote previous Doctor David Tennant's farewell. This is gentler, with only a cameo from his beloved Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) who says goodbye to her "raggedy man". Even Smith's lovely scene with old-school Fourth Doctor Tim Baker in the anniversary special was richer, and more touching. (And tearful, for Baker-era fans anyway.)

But salvation comes in the form of a gift, once promised (but never delivered) by the Time Lords to The Master in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors: a new life cycle of twelve regenerations. Which means that Peter Capaldi's Doctor becomes not the Twelfth Doctor, as previously thought, but the First Doctor, beginning a new chapter of life for the universe's most beloved Time Lord. And the comfortable assurance that his hope, his strength and, best of all, his eccentric madness, remains a light which will never be extinguished.
Michael Idato, Sydney Morning Herald
Even though the date of Smith's leaving and the identity of his successor, Peter Capaldi, had been known for some time, watching the episode knowing it was Smith's last kept at least one American viewer anxious and sad, with a finger on the pause button for when things got too heavy. Possibly there are still viewers, avid viewers even, who have never quite cottoned to him — Tennant continues to cast a long shadow — but I have loved his work. Elegant and heartfelt, authoritative and playful, swashbuckling and intimate, alien and familiar, Smith's acting has accommodated and, as it were, humanized every oddball, paradoxical, high-concept, low-humor passage Moffat has thrown at him.
Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
It was always going to be so when facing the long-standing question of regeneration limits. Precedent for more regenerations being granted had been established before, and Steven Moffat led just about enough crumbs to the key moment to deal with the issue, without dwelling too much on it. Job done, whether you like the way it was done or not.

The Time Of The Doctor, then, brought the curtain down on what has to be classed as a successful 50th anniversary year for Doctor Who, that's had its bumps, but also given us some absolute treats. The Time Of The Doctor in itself is unlikely to go down as one of the Who highlights of 2013 in truth. We quite enjoyed it, but it still felt a bit underwhelming. Still, Smith's performance as the Doctor is undoubtedly one of the year's highlights, and it's very clear that the show is going to miss him a lot. What's also clear is that there are further exciting times ahead.
Simon Brew, Den of Geek

Other reviews/comment: Orlando Sentinel, News.com.au, CNN, Hypable, HollywoodLife, The Mary Sue, Examiner, RTT News, The Epoch Times, EntertainmentWise, Twitch, Cinelinx, UInterview, Nerd Reactor, MStarz

Additional UK reviews: SFX, Digital Spy, Metro, International Business Times, MSN, Nottingham Post, Cherwell, Crave





The Time of The Doctor: deleted sceneBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America have released a deleted scene from The Time of The Doctor, taking place just before Clara introduces the Doctor to her family.





The Time of The Doctor: Behind The LensBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have now released a new behind-the-scenes video for The Time of The Doctor, featuring interviews with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, James Buller, Sheila Reid, and Elizabeth Rider, Steven Moffat, Daz Parker (stunt performer), Orla Brady, Jack Hollington, and Danny Hargreaves ("provider of chaos and mayhem").






Time of the Doctor - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The Time of the Doctor was watched by 8.29 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Doctor Who was the second highest rated show of the day, achieving an audience share of 30.7% of the total available TV audience. It won its time slot, beating the old enemy Coronation Street which had 7.9 million watching. If +1 figures are included, Coronation Street rose to 8.27 million viewers, but still couldn't overtake Doctor Who.

Top for the day was the comedy Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special, which had 9.4 million viewers and a 35.5% share. However, when taking into account specific time slots rather than show averages, Doctor Who achieved the highest overall viewing figure of the day with 10.2m (37%) tuning in to see the regeneration.

The Doctor Who episode scored slightly higher than last year's episode, The Snowmen, which had 7.59 million overnight viewers and came fifth in the list.

The BBC Two afternoon repeat of An Adventure in Space and Time had 0.5 million viewers while the Doctor Who Prom had 0.6 million watching.




The Time of the Doctor: press reactionBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The following is a collection of excerpts from media reviews of last night's episode The Time of The Doctor. Full reviews can be found via each article's credit. As usual, please be aware that by their very nature they may contain spoilers and so should you should not read on unless you are happy about potential revelations!

The lead writer achieves many things in this 2013 Christmas special: tying up straggly ends from Matt’s era – why the Tardis exploded in 2010, why Silence must fall, the big question that must never be answered… Points that most viewers have long since forgotten. The attentive fan is being serviced here.

Lots of ticks for advancing the legend of our hero and giving him a new lease of life. You can’t blame Moffat for taking on the responsibility – and allowing himself the honour in this golden anniversary year – of dealing with the “12 regenerations only” issue, which has dogged Doctor Who since it was established in The Deadly Assassin (1977). The future looks assured.

So farewell, fair Doctor! After 44 episodes spread across four years, magnificent Matt Smith discards his bowtie and lets it drop, poignantly, to the floor of the Tardis. And – after a rather protracted regeneration – in pounces Peter Capaldi. Gaunt, lizard-like and with frou-frou hair. Was anyone else put in mind of Doctor Pretorius from Bride of Frankenstein? I doubt Capaldi will portray his Doctor as a venomous dowager (unlike Ernest Thesiger in that 1935 black comedy) but I live in hope of a degree of archness.

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times
let’s not forget Smith: he gave a cracking final performance before bowing out. He even managed to convincingly portray a wizened old Doctor. While David Tennant’s departure from the role of the Doctor was drenched in saccharine, self-referential sentimentality, there was very little of that in Smith’s final adventure. There were little nods to the 11th Doctor’s adventures and even a surprise guest appearance from Karen Gillan, who played his companion Amy Pond, but the nostalgia was reserved for Christmas.

Overall, as Doctor Who Christmas specials go, The Time of the Doctor was a sci-fi spectacular: there was time travel, spaceships and plenty of villains for the Doctor to face, including Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels.

While some aspects of the story may have been lost on the casual viewer, it was nevertheless an adventure the whole family could enjoy.
Neela Debnath, Independent
Smith has been so good as the ageless, sinister, childlike, loveable alien that it was almost a shame to see that expressive Easter Island head caked in make-up for the middle section of this episode, while the swelling strings and Shakespearian speechifying of the final quarter-hour seemed comically at odds with the intricate lunacy that animates his best performances.

But there were some genuinely funny gags, Peter Capaldi looks promisingly demented in the role, Orla Brady was truly superb as a sexy spacefaring nun and the whole thing went off with as much of a bang for Smith as it could plausibly have done. I remain confused on a main plot point — if the return of the Time Lords would have started a war, why does no one bat an eyelid when the Doctor slaughters a planetful of Daleks with golden energy? But no doubt that, like so much else, has already been pitchforked laughingly into Later.
Tim Martin, Telegraph
It was perhaps the most Christmassy Christmas special they've ever pulled off. I'm sure Doctor Who has thrilled me more in the past. It's certainly blindsided me more. And it may well have made me cry more, although it feels difficult to imagine such a moment right now. But I'm certain it's never managed to do all three so successfully at once. Merry Christmas. I hope we can all be there for each other at this difficult time.

The new (twelfth? First?) Doctor's arrival was quick and explosive. We didn't even get a changing-faces scene, which felt like an appropriate tease. But dear lord, he certainly looks like he's going to be angry. Should we wonder whether this new First Doctor is going to be based on the other First Doctor? Or are they doing a new, and hopefully better, version of the Sixth Doctor's violent, unstable regeneration?
Dan Martin, Guardian
This year's thoughtful Doctor Who managed to combine an 800th episode with a regeneration, then tied it all up with a Christmas Day bow. For his final episode, the BBC really got their money's worth out of Matt Smith, who carried much of the Time of the Doctor alone, and it was a neat trick to show the youngest ever Doctor getting old. Steven Moffat ticked all necessary boxes here: he answered the regeneration question (though it made little sense to this non-devotee) and gave incoming timelord Peter Capaldi a suitably sizable entrance: "Do you happen to know how you fly this thing?"
Rebecca Nicholson, Guardian
Easily the highlight of this year’s Christmas viewing, The Time of the Doctor not only gave Matt Smith a great send off but also gave viewers a careful, concise and emotional hour of top-quality entertainment. And as is typical for Who, renewal and regeneration are only the start of a brand new adventure, and from his brief introduction (“Kidneys!”) Peter Capaldi looks like a fine successor to take the world’s favourite TV hero in a different and equally exciting direction.
Jon Cooper, The Mirror
"The Time of the Doctor" was, if I'm being honest, kind of a let down as Matt Smith's final episode. It felt like it dragged a bit in the middle, and I never really cared about the town of Christmas or the Doctor being its savior for several hundred years. To be fair, I've been building this episode up in my mind for months, and it had to follow the well-received "The Day of the Doctor." It would have been nearly impossible for the episode to live up to expectations. There were aspects that I enjoyed however. The truth field was a nice touch, because the Doctor has never been a truthful man. He's skated by on lies and half-truths and being the smartest person in the room, so it was interesting to watch him simply have to stay quiet after several seasons of being a wound-up chatterbox.

Matt Smith's Doctor will forever be remembered for his eccentricities, for successfully filling the very large shoes of David Tennant, for his inability to talk without flapping his arms about, and for his love of fish fingers and custard, bowties and fezzes. But the most important aspect of his tenure was his relationship with Amy Pond, the first face Eleven ever encountered, and it's unfortunate that Smith's swan song was nearly devoid of any real emotion until the final few moments when she returned to say good night as he regenerated into Capaldi's Doctor.
Kaitlin Thomas, TV.com

Other reviews/comment: Digital Spy, Daily Mail, Mirror, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, EntertainmentWise, IGN, Yahoo, TV Fanatic, So So Gay, Carter, Screen Rant, The Arts Desk, A.V. Club, Patheos

The media (such as Metro, ITV News, and Daily Mail) also commented on both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan donning wigs for their respective roles in the story.




The Time of The Doctor: new videosBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A number of new videos have been published by the BBC for The Time of The Doctor: the first is another in the series of Strax Field Reports - this time talking about the Doctor's regeneration; two are short behind-the-scenes features, one with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman chatting about the episode and the other with Michael Pickwoad on creating Christmas; and finally a festive greeting from actor Jack Hollington (aka Barnable).

Note: videos can contain spoilers and you should only watch them when you've either seen The Time of The Doctor, or are not worried about potential revelations!






The Time of the Doctor: Video RoundupBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
With The Time of The Doctor nearly upon us, here is a roundup of videos associated with the episode, plus the currently known times of broadcast.





Time of the Doctor - Preview 3Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released the third preview clip from The Time of the Doctor.





Predict the Christmas RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who. Time of the DoctorDoctor Who News, in association with Big Finish Productions, is offering three signed script fronts from recent Big Finish releases, to the person who can most accurately guess the BBC One ratings for the UK premiere of The Time of the Doctor

The aim is to guess the final consolidated viewing figure, as reported by BARB to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). This figure includes all those watching the episode within a week of broadcast, but does not include those watching on iPlayer.
The Time of the Doctor is being broadcast in the UK on Christmas Day at 7.30pm, later than recent Christmas Doctor Who episodes.

Previous Ratings

For comparison, the ratings for the previous Christmas Day episodes are as follows: The Snowmen (9.87m), The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe (10.77m), A Christmas Carol (12.11m), The End Of Time: Part One (12.04m), The Next Doctor (13.10m), Voyage of the Damned (13.31m), The Runaway Bride (9.30m), The Christmas Invasion (9.84m), The Feast of Steven (7.90m).

Entering The Competition

To enter the competition, please send the following details to comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net:
  • Your name and email address
  • Your country (full address will only be requested if you are a winner)
  • Your guess for the final viewing figure!

Terms And Conditions

  • The competition closes at 7.30pm GMT, 25th December 2013.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • BARB figures are expected around 10 days after transmission; we will contact the winner once they have been published.