Update for Season 12 Collection replacement disc processBookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 August 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have provided clarification on how to get replacements for the faulty discs within the recently released Season Twelve Collection can be requested.

Doctor Who Collection - Season 12 - cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)We will be offering replacements for the errors on Disc 3 (The Sontaran Experiment) and Disc 5 (Revenge of the Cybermen) in the Doctor Who The Collection Season 12 Blu-ray release.

In order to obtain a replacement, please email your name and address and proof of purchase to the appropriate DVD Support line in the form of a receipt from the retailer. If you do not have a receipt from the retailer, then please email a picture of the product with your full name and postal address in view in the picture. This is for fraud prevention reasons.
The estimated time frame for the replacement to be available is 2-3 weeks.
Please allow some time for the replacement disc to reach you.
We have a high volume of emails and customers to deal with, please bear with us.

Replacement requests and proof of purchase emails should only be sent to these email addresses and not the DVD Enquiry line.

If you have sent your proof of purchase already we will not respond to your email unless there is an issue with your proof. Please await the replacements as outlined above.

Please be assured that we have logged every proof and will get around to replacing all customers discs.

Owing to an administrative issue, some customers erroneously did not receive the correct replacement of Revenge of the Cybermen; DVD Support have apologised for the error, and advise:
If you have received the incorrect Disc 5, we will re-send it when available please re-email the DVD Support line only once with your postal address only. You do not need to resend your proof of purchase.




Doctor Who Escape RoomsBookmark and Share

Monday, 23 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Escape Rooms (Credit: Escape Hunt)BBC Studios and Escape Hunt have announced that Doctor Who-themed live escape rooms will be appearing around the United Kingdom in December.

Mat Way, Global Director of Live Entertainment at BBC Studios, said:
It has been a long-term ambition of the team to be able to bring about Doctor Who-themed escape rooms. Our main role here at BBC Studios is to continually extend the fans enjoyment of our brands, and so to be announcing six new live entertainment games across the country to fans is something really exciting.

Richard Harpham, CEO Escape Hunt PLC, said:
Following the success of our original Escape Hunt games, we are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Studios to create Doctor Who - The Live Escape Game. Going on an Escape Hunt is all about stepping into and experiencing new worlds so strength in the science fiction genre is absolutely key to our content strategy. Doctor Who represents the very best in British action adventure and has a loyal and dedicated fan base that spans all generations. We look forward to bringing the show to life for all of them in its first ever live escape game experience at Escape Hunt venues across the UK.

Launching at the Bristol Escape Hunt venue in December, further rooms are due to open in Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Reading during 2019. More details can be found from the Escape Hunt website.




Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times (21-27 Jul 2018) (Credit: Radio Times)The new edition of the Radio Times for 21-27th July 2018 features the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker on the front cover, and has exclusive interviews with both the actress and new series showrunner, Chris Chibnall.

Talking about the casting of the first female Doctor, Chris said the show would have been behind the times if the new Doctor hadn’t been female and that it was important for the new series to be accessible to all viewers:
I think if we hadn’t done it, we would have been behind the world – and Doctor Who has to be out front leading the world, showcasing all the amazing things out there. So it was never a question in my mind. It was time.
Jodie added that as the first female Doctor there was less pressure on her and it’s an honour play a role that’s attainable to all:
And now it isn’t just attainable for half of the population. The other half can be the Doctor as well. Girls will no longer just think, ‘Oh, I could be a companion.’ Being the first female Doctor and showing children that their heroes in shows don’t always look the same is a huge honour for me.
Chris has hopes that the new era for the show will also introduce a new generation of fans:
If you’ve never seen Doctor Who, or want to introduce your children or family and friends to it, this series is the perfect point to start. It was really important to me that there’s no barrier to entry. You don’t need to know about anything that’s come before. We’ve got a new Doctor, all-new characters, all-new monsters, all-new stories. It’s going to be exciting, emotional and the most enormous fun.

You can read the full interviews in the latest Radio Times, available in shops from today.




Doctor Who Back On BBC iPlayerBookmark and Share

Monday, 4 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rose (Credit: BBC)The BBC has announced it is making every episode of Doctor Who made since 2005 available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Ahead of Jodie Whittaker taking up the mantle of the Thirteenth Doctor, all ten series will be available to watch as box sets, plus every special from the past 13 years of the Doctor’s adventures, including mini-episode The Night of the Doctor.

Fans can take the TARDIS back to 2005 to enjoy every moment from Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor first meeting Rose right up to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor’s final moments in last Christmas’s Twice Upon A Time.

The series has been one of the BBC’s biggest successes since returning in 2005, and has seen an extraordinary number of big names appear on the show. In addition to Eccleston and Capaldi, David Tennant and Matt Smith both had star-making turns as the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor respectively, and big-name guest stars include Carey Mulligan, Simon Pegg, Derek Jacobi, Kylie Minogue, Andrew Garfield, Felicity Jones and Bill Nighy.

The inituative followes recent trials where former series of Our Girl and The Bridge were brought back to BBC iPlayer before the new series aired. The BBC says the returning series of Doctor Who will help to ensure BBC iPlayer is a must-visit destination for viewers this summer.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, said
We’re reinventing the BBC for a new generation and BBC iPlayer is key to that. Bringing back these series of Doctor Who is just part of our offer this summer giving viewers the chance to uncover or rediscover the Doctor’s previous adventures. You can also watch the World Cup live in UHD, catch-up on the latest stories unfolding in Albert Square and binge-watch box set drama like Our Girl or comedy like This Country. BBC iPlayer will have something for everyone.




NERVA event: Frank Bellamy inspired posters for saleBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 May 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Nerva: 30 Jun 2018 (Credit: The Hub)NERVA is a special event organised by the Ark in Space Facebook group celebrating the visual effects and other designers who brought Doctor Who to our screens.

Current guests include visual effects designer Colin Mapson (e.g. The Green Death), sculptor and prop maker Stephen Mansfield (e.g. Battlefield), K9 assistant operator Steve Cambden (e.g. Full Circle), documentary director Kevin Jon Davies (e.g. Thirty Years in the TARDIS), and researchers Richard Bignell (Nothing At The End Of The Lane), Jon Green and Gavin Rymell (Dalek 6388).

Alongside the event, a special poster has been commissioned from artist Ian Wells, inspired by the work of Frank Bellamy. There are three versions of the poster available that can be purchased separately to the event itself: the image with event information as displayed, one with the addition of Ian's autograph, and a third version with the text replaced with a personalised message from the artist. Full details can be found via the organisers' website.

All proceeds from the event and posters will be donated to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

The event itself is limited to members of the Facebook group, who can register their interest via the relevant thread, and to followers of the @ClassicDrWho Twitter account, who can tweet or send a direct message instead. You can find out mote about the event via the group or the organisers' event page.

With thanks to Simon Meade




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.





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.




Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 December 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times (9-15 December 2017) (Credit: Radio Times)This year's annual Doctor Who cover for the Radio Times appears on the issue covering 9th-15th December, and features an image of Peter Capaldi in an 'exclusive souvenir issue'.

Inside the magazine there is a six page feature on the show, including interviews with the show's outgoing lead writer Steven Moffat, alternative first Doctor David Bradley, plus an item on Radio Times coverage of the twelfth Doctor's era over the last few years.

Speaking about the arrival of the new Doctor in the form of Jodie Whitaker, Moffat explained why casting a woman hadn't occured when he first took over, even though he had previously introduced a female Doctor in the form of Joanna Lumley in The Curse of Fatal Death:
If we’d replaced David Tennant with a woman it wouldn’t have worked. It was too early. We could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad, but then I got obsessed with seeing Peter in the Tardis.
Bradley thinks she is a good casting choice:
When I heard it was Jodie I thought, "Well, that's perfect" - because she's got the range and she's funny. They just need to keep that sense of fun and not forget the comic energy.

You can read the full interviews in the Radio Times, on general release in the United Kingdom tomorrow, 2nd December.

The 'legendary' Christmas edition of the Radio Times (23rd December - 5th January) will of course feature Twice Upon A Time, and will be on sale from Saturday 9th December in London and the South East, and nationwide by Tuesday 12th December.





The Doctor regenerates on BBC iPlayerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctors (Credit: BBC)The BBC have announced that all of the modern Doctors' regeneration can be seen over Christmas via the BBC iPlayer in the run up to this year's Christmas Special premiering on BBC One on Christmas Day.

The Parting of the Ways (Eccleston), The End of Time (Tennant), The Time of The Doctor (Smith) will be available, and also includes The Day of the Doctor (Hurt). The McGann regneration minisode, The Night of the Doctor, has yet to be confirmed, but remains available via the BBC's YouTube channel.


The episodes form part of an initiative from the BBC to present a wide range of "boxed sets" from 16th December to enjoy over the festive period; Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the BBC, explains:
There is no need to go anywhere else this Christmas because we have an even richer offer across the BBC than ever before. We are always home to the very best British programmes during the festive season but with so much content to fit in, it’s fantastic to give audiences a special gift on iPlayer to complement our schedules; with boxsets of some of this year’s biggest shows and a selection of more recent hits to binge on with family and friends together this Christmas.

Sit back and indulge, as we curate some of the most loved shows you may have missed first time round or favourites you want to watch again.

As well as Doctor Who, shows include the original Blue Planet from 2001, previous series of Peaky Blinders, and full series of acclaimed drama like Line Of Duty and Happy Valley, and comedies like Gavin and Stacey, Miranda and Inside Number 9. There will also be other archive programming available, such as five EastEnders Christmas Specials, which includes 1986's episode featuring Den serving Angie divorce papers - the highest rated non sport/news programme shown on British television at 30.2m viewers.




Series 10 - Audience ReactionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus


Further details are now available on the Audience reaction to Series 10 of Doctor Who.

Once again there was a marked difference between different age groups in the reaction to each episode, with the 16-34 ages group generally enjoying each episode more than older viewers.

The most marked difference was in the reaction to Episode 11, World Enough and Time, where 16-34 years olds gave it an AI score of 89, those between 35-54 scored 85 while those above 55 scored it as 82.

World Enough and Time was the most popular episode with the 16-34 group, while they enjoyed The Lie Of The Land least giving it a score of 81.

The 35-54 age group had a smaller range in values scoring 85 for their top episodes (Thin Ice, Knock Knock, Oxygen, World Enough And Time) and 82 for their least favourite ones (The Pilot, The Pyramid At The End Of The World, The Eaters Of Light).

Meanwhile among the over 55's the range was even smaller with 6 episodes scoring the top score of 82, 3 scoring 81 and 3 scoring 80.

There was also a difference between the sexes with women generally scoring slightly higher than men. The exception was World Enough And Time which scored 85 amongst men and 84 amongst women. This was the men's favourite episode while women scored it equal to Smile, Thin Ice and The Doctor Falls

The men's least favourite episode was The Eaters Of Light while the women liked least Extremis, The Lie Of The Land and The Eaters Of Light.

Over 50% found the episodes all high quailty, and the programme also scored high as being fresh and new. The rating for It was memorable had a sharp peak for the final two episodes.




Series 10 - Final Ratings InformationBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus


Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls had an official rating of 5.295 million viewers.

The episode was the 16th highest rated programme for the week and the 8th on BBC Television.

Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on Saturday, overtaking Casualty which beat it in the initial ratings. Top for the week was Coronation Street with 8.17 million watching.



Full details of series 36/10 are now available.

The highest chart position was for The Pilot which came in at number 10. The lowest chart position was for The Lie Of The Land, which was the 30th most-watched programme of the week, having faced the final of ITV's talent show Britain's Got Talent.

All episodes since the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 have been one of the top 30 programmes of the week. This compares with the classic series where the lowest chart position was 170 for the second episode of the Fourth Doctor story Full Circle.

The Pilot is one of 57 episodes of Doctor Who to make the top 10 out of the 839 which have been broadcast.

The average final rating for this series is 5.45 million viewers, This is down from an average of 6.03 million for the 2015 series. The biggest drop in audience is for those in the 4-15 age group, which now account for around 8% of the total audience, as opposed to 11% in 2015. Since the revival the highest average has been for Series 4 shown in 2008, which had an average of 8.05 million watching.

Full ratings information can be found here




World Enough and Time - Official RatingBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus


Doctor Who - World Enough and Time had an official rating of 4.995 million viewers.

The episode was the 21st most watched programme of the week, and the 9th highest rated programme on the BBC.

The official rating is a much more accurate value than the initial overnight reported figure. It includes all those who recorded the programme and who watch it within one week.

Doctor Who was the second highest rated programme on Saturday, just behind Casualty which had just 3,000 more viewers.

The soaps took all top 13 places with Wednesday's Coronation Street at the head with 8.09 million watching. The BBC's highest rated programme was EastEnders with 6.12 million viewers. The highest rated non-soap was the BBC's Poldark with 5.93 million viewers.




The Doctor Falls - AI:83Bookmark and Share

Monday, 3 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Falls: Mondasian Cybermen (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls had an Audience Index or AI score of 83.

The score is an indication of how much the audience enjoyed the episode. Scores are drawn from a panel of around 20,000 people who are representative of the UK population. The score of 83 is regarded as good.

The highest score achieved by the two main channels on Saturday was for Casualty which scored 85.