The 2019 Doctor Who Fan Art CompetitionBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Fan Art Competition 2019 (Credit: BBC Studios)Calling all Doctor Who fans with an artistic flair and creative impulse! Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, BBC Studios announces the 2019 Doctor Who Fan Art Competition, giving fans an opportunity to see their own work on a Doctor Who t-shirt, with a limited quantity available for purchase at the BBC AMERICA booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

As anticipation for the next series builds, fans can channel their creative energy into an innovative rendition of the TARDIS and their favourite Doctor. Entrants can create anything from a candy mosaic of Tom Baker to a bowtie collage of Matt Smith – the possibilities are endless!

The competition closes on 15th May 2019 at 1:00pm BST (8:00am ET).


A panel of judges will select one grand prize winner and four runner-up artists. The grand prize winner and a guest will receive an exclusive Doctor Who-themed weekend trip to London, which includes:
  • Two nights accommodation
  • Special afternoon tea for two
  • Doctor Who Escape Room activity in Reading, United Kingom
  • Exclusive private screening of the fan’s favorite Doctor Who episode
  • Having their artwork printed on limited-edition Doctor Who merchandise sold at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Receiving a goody bag including iconic Doctor Who merchandise valued at approximately £520/$680
All four runners-up will each:
  • Have their artwork printed on official, limited-edition Doctor Who merchandise sold at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Receive a goody bag including iconic Doctor Who merchandise valued at approximately £520/$680


Art Specifications: Each entrant must design their own original piece of Doctor Who fan art in accordance with the following criteria:
  • Artwork must feature both the TARDIS and one Doctor *
  • The Artwork may also, at the entrant’s discretion, include a background texture, splash of colour or other abstract background design, but must not feature any other design element, including (without limit) any other Doctor, character, companion, monster, robot, prop, location, building or branding element (including third party brand names and logos), whether from the Doctor Who universe or otherwise.
  • Artwork can be created in any two-dimensional medium and any color.
  • Artwork must not include identifiers such as the entrant’s name, signature, image, likeness or any other identifier, or any reference to Comic-Con.
* Refer to the terms and conditions for more details on the criteria.

Submitting artwork: Each entrant must complete the entry form and upload their artwork in digital format on the Fan Art Competition website in accordance with the following criteria:
  • Artwork must be submitted in RGB high res formats (TIFF, JPEG, PNG, or GIF).
  • Artwork resolution must be a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Artwork must measure at least 260mm x 260mm when printed at 100% and must not measure more than 381mm x 508mm.
  • Each entrant may submit multiple entries, as long as each separate entry consists of a different artwork. Entrants can only win one prize in the competition.


The competition is open to legal residents of the United Kingdom, the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age, or the legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside (whichever is higher). The grand prize winner and four finalists will be revealed at the BBC AMERICA booth during San Diego Comic-Con in July.




Resolution - Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Resolution: Dalek (Credit: BBC/James Pardon)
Doctor Who: Resolution had an official rating of 7.13 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

6.95 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 73,000 watched on their PC, 54,000 watched on a Tablet device and 44,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 14th most watched programme of the week ending 6th January.

Top for the week was the New Year Fireworks on BBC One getting 12.27 million watching.

The final rating is the lowest consolidated rating for a Christmas/New Year special since the series returned in 2005.

Resolution had an Appreciation Index score of 80




Resolution: Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 2 January 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Resolution: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Ryan (TOSIN COLE), Mitch (NIKESH PATEL), Lin (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE) (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)
Doctor Who: Resolution was watched by 5.15 million viewers, a share of 22.4% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the fourth highest rated programme for New Year's Day. Top was the BBC One Drama Luther with 5.63 million watching. On ITV two programmes edged above the Doctor, Coronation Street had 5.39 million watching, while Emmerdale had 5.17 million. EastEnders had 4.74 million viewers and the Mrs Brown's Boys New Year Special had 5.06 million watching.

The return of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? had 3.39 million viewers, but was beaten by Bradley Walsh in The Chase with 3.86 million.

Final figures should be available next week, which will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later.




The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (Credit: BBC Studios)
Doctor Who: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos had an official rating of 6.65 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

6.48 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 73,000 watched on their PC, 51,000 watched on a Tablet device and 44,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 18th most watched programme of the week ending 2nd December.

Top for the week was Sunday's final of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here getting 13.04 million watching.

Doctor Who in 2018 had an average consolidated audience of 7.96 million viewers. This is the highest year average since 2013, which was boosted by including the 50th Anniversary special.

The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos had an Appreciation Index score of 79




It Takes You Away - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 It Takes You Away: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who: It Takes You Away had an official rating of 6.42 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

6.24 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 77,000 watched on their PC, 55,000 watched on a Tablet device and 47,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 22nd most watched programme of the week ending 2nd December.

Top for the week was Monday's edition of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here getting 12.66 million watching.

It Takes You Away had an Appreciation Index score of 80




The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos was watched by 5.32 million viewers, a share of 26.4% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the fourth highest rated programme for Sunday and the 21st for the week ending 9th December.

Highest for the day and the week was the final of ITV’s celebrity show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here which had 11.06 million watching. All 7 editions of the programme were in the top ten for the week. Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show had 8.98 million viewers, while Dynasties, the David Attenborough series had 6.33 million. The BBC Drama Care had 2.57 million.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale pushed The Doctor down in the weekly chart, although a top twenty place is likley when final figures are releaed next week.




The Witchfinders - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 The Witchfinders: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Willa Twiston (Tilly Steele) (Credit: BBC Studios (Sophie Mutevelian ))
Doctor Who: The Witchfinders had an official rating of 7.21 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.03 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 78,000 watched on their PC, 57,000 watched on a Tablet device and 48,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 17th most watched programme of the week ending 18th November.

Top for the week was Monday's edition of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here getting 13.14 million watching.

The Witchfinders had an Appreciation Index score of 81.




It Takes You Away - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 It Takes You Away: Graham (Bradley Walsh), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Giles Kyte))Doctor Who: It Takes You Away was watched by 5.07 million viewers, a share of 25.1% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the fifth highest rated programme for Sunday and the 27th for the week ending 2nd December.

Highest for the day was ITV’s celebrity show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here which had 10.0 million watching. The X Factor Final had 5.53 million viewers. Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show had 9.10 million viewers, while Dynasties, the David Attenborough series had 5.94 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.57 million.

The week was again dominated by I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, which took seven out of the top ten places for the week, each episode getting over 8 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing still took top position for the Saturday show getting 10.0 million viewers.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale pushed The Doctor down in the overnight figures, although a top twenty place is possible when final figures are releaed next week.




Competition: win The Doctors: VillainsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 2 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Readers in the United Kingdom have a chance to win of a copy of the latest DVD release from the Reeltime Pictures archive, The Doctors: Villains, courtesy of Koch Media UK:

Reeltime Pictures: The Doctors Villains [order from Amazon UK

The Doctors: Villains! (Credit: Koch Media UK)This is the definitive set of interviews with a group of actors who brought the villains in DOCTOR WHO to life and sent you "behind the sofa"! This special release contains five in-depth interviews with IAN COLLIER (Omega - Arc of Infinity), BERNARD ARCHARD (Marcus Scarman - Pyramids of Mars), DAVID GOODERSON (Davros - Destiny of the Daleks), PETER MILES (Nyder - Genesis of the Daleks), JULIAN GLOVER (Scaroth - City of Death), plus a fascinating tribute to ROGER DELGADO (The Master) by the cast and production staff he worked with. For all Doctor Who fans, this 2 disc special collector's edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series! SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by NICHOLAS BRIGGS & Producer KEITH BARNFATHER
To be in with a chance to win a copy of the set, simply answer the following question:
Which of the interviewed actors is the only one to have appeared in Doctor Who alongside Roger Delgado?
Please send your answer along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-villains@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "You see, Doctor, you're my intellectual equal. Almost.". Open to readers within the United Kingdom. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Closing date: Saturday 15th December 2018.





iPlayer achieves its best results in OctoberBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Woman Who Fell to Earth: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The BBC have released details on iPlayer requests for October, indicating that the service achieved its highest usage ever. The new series of Doctor Who made a huge contribution to the total, with the opening episode to feature new Doctor Jodie Whittaker achieving 2.962 million!

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, said:
It’s been a fantastic autumn for BBC iPlayer. Bodyguard and Killing Eve are the two strongest performing series ever and in October we set a new record for daily requests, which gave us our highest ever monthly total. Together with the return of Doctor Who, The Apprentice and Strictly BBC iPlayer offers a unique mix of brand new programmes alongside some of the nation’s best-loved shows.

The "boxed set" of Killing Eve dominated the top ten requested episodes, with six of its eight episodes in the top ten; the other places included two episodes of The Cry, the opening episode of The Apprentice and of course Doctor Who's premiere.

The top ten charts for October 2018:

Top Ten Episodes for October:
  1. Killing Eve: 1. Nice Face (3.555m)
  2. Doctor Who: 1. The Woman Who Fell To Earth (2.962m)
  3. The Cry: Episode 1 (2.924m)
  4. Killing Eve: 7. I Don't Want To Be Free (2.430m)
  5. Killing Eve: 6. Take Me To The Hotel (2.332m)
  6. Killing Eve: 8. God, I'm Tired (2.286m)
  7. The Apprentice: 1. Malta (2.263m)
  8. Killing Eve: 5. I Have A Thing About Bathrooms (2.237m)
  9. Killing Eve: 4. Sorry Baby (2.194m)
  10. The Cry: Episode 2 (2.087m)

Top Ten Programme Episodes for October:
  1. Killing Eve: 1. Nice Face (3.555m)
  2. Doctor Who: 1. The Woman Who Fell To Earth (2.962m)
  3. The Cry: Episode 1 (2.924m)
  4. The Apprentice: 1. Malta (2.263m)
  5. Informer: No Sleep Till Brooklyn (1.793m)
  6. Strictly Come Dancing: Week 5 (1.395m)
  7. Bodyguard: Episode 6 (1.360m)
  8. Eastenders: 9 Oct 2018 (1.071m)
  9. This Country: The Aftermath (0.859m)
  10. Match of the Day: 20 Oct 2018 (0.753m)





Doctor Who: The Collection - Season EighteenBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who: The Complete Eighteen Season (cover) (Credit: BBC)
Doctor Who: The Complete Eighteen Season (box contents) (Credit: BBC)
BBC Studios have announced the next Blu-ray release in their 'classic' season boxed sets will be Tom Baker's final year as the Doctor, the 1980/81 Season Eighteen.

As well as the seven stories from the season, the set will also include the Christmas spin-off special, K9 & Company.

As with the previous release of Season Twelve and the imminent release of Season Nineteen, this new collection will feature a host of new features to supplement the remastered high-definition upscaled episodes themselves:


The material has been remastered by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres, with packaging/artwork by Lee Binding; the set will also feature a booklet by new series writer and content consultant Pete McTighe.

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 18 is currently scheduled for the UK on 25th February 2019, though as with the previous volumes the date may change before its intended release.

You can pre-order the set from our Amazon Shop.





Kerblam! - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Kerblam! (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Kerblam! had an official rating of 7.46 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.23 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 120,000 watched on their PC, 61,000 watched on a Tablet device and 52,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 9th most watched programme of the week ending 18th November.

Top for the week was Sundays edition of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here getting 14.17 million watching.

Kerblam! had an Appreciation Index score of 81, again scoring higher with female viewers.




The Witchfinders - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 The Witchfinders: Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Willa Twiston (Tilly Steele) (Credit: BBC Studios (Sophie Mutevelian ))
Doctor Who: The Witchfinders was watched by 5.66 million viewers, a share of 27.9% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the fourth highest rated programme for Sunday and the 19th for the week ending 18th November.

Highest for the day was ITV’s celebrity show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here which had 9.73 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show had 8.86 million viewers, while Dynasties, the David Attenborough series had 6.79 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.29 million.

The week was dominated by I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, which took seven out of the top ten places for the week, each episode getting over 8 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing still took top position for the Saturday show getting 9.98 million viewers.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale pushed The Doctor down to 19th place on the overnight figures.

Final figures should be available next Monday.




Demons Of The Punjab - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Demons Of The Punjab: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Hasna (Shaheen Khan), Umbreen (Amita Suman), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab had an official rating of 7.48 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.23 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 139,000 watched on their PC, 61,000 watched on a Tablet device and 51,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 8th most watched programme of the week ending 11th November.

Top for the week was Saturdays edition of Strictly Come Dancing getting 11.55 million watching. The new David Attenborough narated series Dynasties had 7.63 million viewers.

Demons Of The Punjab had an Appreciation Index score of 80, again scoring higher with female viewers.