Russell T Davies Given Lifetime Achievement AwardBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 August 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Former Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The writer, whose hits include Queer As Folk, Casanova and Cucumber as well as being the man who brought Doctor Who back to BBC One, used his speech to defend the BBC which he said was being treated with contempt by the current UK Government.
We actually have a government which is warding off the BBC with one hand while xxxxing off Rupert Murdoch with the other.
Davies went on to say how important it was to tell the young people watching that working in Television was great fun and that it was a brilliant industry.
I have worked with Daleks, Casanova, I’ve worked with gays, I’ve worked with Penelope Wilton, I worked on children’s programmes, I’ve worked in documentary, I worked on a quiz show with Terry Wogan, I worked with Jesus, I worked in Cardiff, Manchester, at Granada, I’ve worked with all sorts of shows, I’ve worked with David Tennant, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, I’m so lucky.

I’ve been a presenter on Playschool, I’ve actually been to Norway with Keith Chegwin, I love my job and I hope you all grow up and get in the industry and love the job too.
At the TV festival, BBC One was named channel of the year.




Data Extract: the first 100 issuesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Data Extract: Issues 1 - 100 (Credit: The Doctor Who Club of Australia)The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) have announced the first 100 issues of the club fanzine, Data Extract, will be released as a collected volume:

In 1980 a publishing legend was born with the release of the first newsletter for the Doctor Who Club of Australia. Subsequently editor Dallas Jones named it Data Extract and under his stewardship the publication grew from a two page newsletter into a fully-fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides.

Now for the first time since their original releases, the first 100 issues of this Doctor Who fanzine have been reprinted and collected in one hardcover volume. Relive the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years. It’s all here, presented exactly as it was.

This collection features interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Freeman and Jeremy Bentham. Experience Doctor Who history through the eyes of Australian fandom with the first 100 issues of Data Extract, Down Under’s premiere fanzine and the flagship publication of the DWCA.

The Doctor Who Fanzine Collection: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100 is available to purchase through Lulu.

(with thanks to Dallas Jones)




RiffTrax present The Five DoctorsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who (Credit: Fathom Events)A special presentation of The Five Doctors will be taking place in the United States over the next couple of weeks:

The Doctor is in the house! The RiffTrax house, that is! The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000®, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, are back on the big screen for a legendary riffing of the 1983 Doctor Who film "The Five Doctors." Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space, placing them in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its center. As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, fighting Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti and a devious Time Lord Traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon, the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey.

Join Mike, Kevin and Bill as they join the Five Doctors for one of the most thrilling Doctor Who adventures ever!

The special showing will be presented in cinemas around the USA on the 17th and 24th August - see the Fathom Events page for more details.





Red White and Who - The Story of Doctor Who in AmericaBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 July 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
ATB Publishing have announced the forthcoming publication of Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America:

Red, White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America (Credit: ATB Publishing)RED WHITE AND WHO
THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA

Written by Steven Warren Hill & Jennifer Adams Kelly, Nicholas Seidler, and Robert Warnock with Janine Fennick and John Lavalie
Full wraparound cover art by Dani Jones
Published by ATB Publishing on 21st August 2017

“This is genuinely fascinating stuff… a warm, dryly caustic in places, look at the way the show was viewed, received, influenced by and ultimately loved by the American audience... you’ve earned this book.”
– Gary Russell, from his foreword


Every American DOCTOR WHO fan has a story to tell, and fans of the iconic British television show love to tell stories. All of them from the casual to the obsessed, will happily regale others with the tale of how and when they discovered the greatest science fiction media franchise ever. Most early American fans first met the Doctor in the early 1980s, nearly twenty years after the show began in 1963...but the story of Doctor Who in America – a complex and fascinating journey into pop culture – stretches much further back.

In this book, you’ll find the rich history of everything Doctor Who in the USA – from American TV Guide listings of Canadian broadcasts in 1965, through the Dalek movies, the BBC sales attempts, the official debut on American television in 1972, the explosion in popularity among US viewers in 1979, the twentieth anniversary celebration in 1983, the conventions, the merchandise, the clubs, the video releases, the USA Tour, and every imaginable fan activity including cosplay, fan productions, PBS pledge drive volunteering, websites, podcasts, and much more, to the new heights of success, popularity, and participation in the 21st century. It’s an enlightening and entertaining journey for everyone who admires Doctor Who...and not just for American fans, but devotees around the globe.

Think you know everything there was to know about our favorite Time Lord and his history? Get ready to discover a “New New World” in RED WHITE AND WHO: THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA!

The 6x9 paperback book contains over 600 images across its 700+ full colour pages - a full list of contents and index can be found via the ATB Publishing website.





Final Australian ratings for World Enough and TimeBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 July 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Including Australian time-shifted viewers, World Enough and Time averaged 534,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 87,000 extra viewers it was the second highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 173,000 extra viewers) and the ninth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for The Doctor Falls and final ratings for The Eaters of LightBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 July 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Doctor Falls has debuted in Australia, averaging 461,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Eaters of Light averaged 463,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 73,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 162,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for World Enough And Time and final ratings for Empress of MarsBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 June 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
World Enough and Time has debuted in Australia, averaging 447,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the highest rating ABC drama of the day and the ninth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Empress of Mars averaged 465,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 81,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 143,000 extra viewers) and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for The Eaters of Light and final ratings for The Lie of the LandBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Eaters of Light has debuted in Australia, averaging 396,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Lie of the Land averaged 497,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 69,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 164,000 extra viewers) and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Delia Derbyshire honoured with Blue PlaqueBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
A blue plaque has been unveiled at the childhood home of the woman who realized the original Doctor Who theme music, Delia Derbyshire.

The mark of respect is one of 47 Blue Plaques unveiled as part of BBC Music Day, to commemorate people or places that have influenced the UK’s musical landscape. Those honored include singers, musicians, songwriters, producers, and broadcasters, as well as significant locations that played a major role in the UK's musical heritage.

People commemorated include John Peel and David Bowie, while places getting a plaque include the Brighton venue where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest.

The final list was selected from BBC Local Radio listeners’ suggestions, as well as those of a committee including music industry experts and BBC representatives.

David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, said:
It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, as usually only around two are awarded each year. To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaques is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our musical heritage.
The plaque honouring Delia Derbyshire was unveiled by Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant who played Peri, who joined BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Vic Minett to officially perform the ceremony.





Australian overnight ratings for Empress of Mars and final ratings for PyramidBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 June 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Empress of Mars has debuted in Australia, averaging 384,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the highest rating ABC drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Pyramid at the End of the World averaged 506,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 86,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 177,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for The Lie of the Land and final ratings for ExtremisBookmark and Share

Monday, 5 June 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Lie of the Land  has debuted in Australia, averaging 428,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Extremis averaged 513,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 91,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 166,000 extra viewers) and the twelfth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Pyramid and final ratings for OxygenBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 May 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Pyramid At The End Of The World  has debuted in Australia, averaging 420,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the twelfth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Oxygen averaged 529,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 92,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the two equal highest time-shifted programs both had 107,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Australian overnight ratings for Extremis & final ratings for Knock KnockBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 May 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Extremis has debuted in Australia, averaging 422,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the fourteenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Knock Knock averaged 503,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 86,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 128,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




Now We Are Six HundredBookmark and Share

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced a new hardback book for the summer to tie in with National Poetry Day:

Now We Are Six Hundred (Credit: BBC Books)BBC Books Publishing Director Albert DePetrillo has acquired Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred, the very first collection of Time Lord verse. BBC Books have world rights, with North American rights sold to HarperCollins.

A gentle and humorous riff on the classic Now We Are Six, this is a collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life. Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator, using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.

Albert DePetrillo says:
This is a book I’ve long wanted to publish, and James and Russell have realised the idea brilliantly, well beyond anything I’d hoped. It’s something very special, a unique gift for every Doctor Who fan. For full effect, please be sure to read these poems aloud to your friends, preferably more than once.
James Goss says:
BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry. Russell's beautiful illustrations make this the most charming Doctor Who book there's ever been (and I'm including that magical first Doctor Who book you discovered as a child). The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?
Russell T Davies says:
I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks!

Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred will be published in hardback on 14th September, two weeks before National Poetry Day on 28th September.