Sarah Jane Ratings and AIBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 31 October 2007 - Reported by Marcus
Overnight ratings for week six of The Sarah Jane Adventures show that the second part of Warriors of Kudlak, was watched by 1.2 millionviewers, an 9.6% share of the total TV audience. This is an increase over last weeks figures and is an incredibly good audience for Children's BBC.

The programme achived an Appreciation Index of 85. Once again this puts the programme in the excellent category and makes it one of the most appreciated programmes on British television. The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

On the digital channel CBBC, the first part of Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? had 0.23 million viewers, a11.7% share of all children watching.




The Time Meddler DVDBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 31 October 2007 - Reported by Marcus
The British Board of Film Classification has today passed The Silurians for DVD release.

Among the extras listed is a "coming soon" trailer for the forthcoming release of the 1965William Hartnell story The Time Meddler.

Along with the first Doctor, the story features companions Maureen O'Brien as Vicki and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves as Steven.

The story also stars former Carry On regular Peter Butterworth in the title role of the Meddling monk.

Other extras for the Silurians story include the documentaries "What Lies Beneath" and "Going Underground" and a Now and Then feature on the locations used in the Silurians.






Doctor Who wins two NTAsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 31 October 2007 - Reported by Anthony Weight

Doctor Who has won two of the categories in which it was nominated at the 2007 National Television Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening.

The awards, screened live on ITV1, are voted on by the public. The series took the Most Popular Drama category, while David Tennant won the Most Popular Actor accolade. Freema Agyeman, nominated as Most Popular Actress, did not win her category, which went to EastEnders star Lacey Turner.

In addition, new companion Catherine Tate's sketch show won the Most Popular Comedy category.

BBC News Online has a report.




Christmas Special Song PreviewBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 October 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

Silva Screen Records has put the full track of The Stowaway, to be featured in the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special Voyage of the Damned, on itsMySpace page.

The song is performed by Yamit Mamo and will be included on the Series Three soundtrack CD, to be released on November 5.

WARNING: May - or may not - contain spoilers!

(Thanks to Patrick Wigfull.)




McGann Season Two DetailsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 27 October 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Big Finish has released full details on the forthcoming second season of audios featuring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, with Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller. The series will be released monthly beginning in January.




Doctor Who Adventures 41Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 27 October 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures, out from the 25th October, features background on the Doctor and Donna's latest foe, the Sontarans.

Plus

Fact file - read about the Family of Blood's sinister straw army - the Scarecrows.
Tales from the TARDIS - it looks like curtains for Sally Sparrow as the Weeping Angels attack in Blink.
Comic strip - part two of Cold War. Will the Doctor be able to stop mad Mallingane's plan to melt the ice world of Isqar before Martha drowns?
Doctor’s Data - lots of scary facts on motorway monsters - the Macra. Snap!
Adventure guide / Doctor Who Confidential extra - the Doctor discovers the terrifying truth behind the Face of Boe’s prophesy in Utopia.
Posters - three exclusive posters of Luke, Clyde and a slimy Slitheen, the Cult of Skaro with their Pig Slaves, and Professor Yana and the Doctor.

The issue comes with a free gift of a scarecrow mask and talons.




Sarah Jane Ratings UpdateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 October 2007 - Reported by Marcus
Overnight ratings for week five of The Sarah Jane Adventures the episode Warriors of Kudlak , show that the episode was watched by1.0 million viewers, an 8.4% share of the total TV audience. The sample was too low to produce an AI figure, although this is normal for this timeslot.

Over on CBBC, the second part of Warriors of Kudlak had 0.234 millionviewers, a 13.6% share of all children watching.




Barrowman On Children In NeedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 October 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

John Barrowman will be appearing on the BBC's Children In Needtelethon next month.

The BBC Press Office lists him among the highlights, and although his exact contribution is not specified, the inference is that it will be musical.

Also singing on the BBC One fund-raiser, on Friday, November 16, will beKylie Minogue, who plays Astrid in the forthcoming Christmas specialVoyage of the Damned, plus McFly, who had a cameo in The Sound of Drums.

In addition, and as previously reported on Outpost Gallifrey, the telethon will have a special scene featuring Fifth DoctorPeter Davison and Tenth Doctor David Tennant.




DW Sound Editor Wins AwardBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 October 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

Sound editor Kelly-Marie Angell has won an award for her work onDoctor Who.

The 22-year-old was named Most Promising Newcomer at The Conch 2007- the UK Screen Association's film, commercial and TV sound awards ceremony.

Angell, who works for Bang Post Production, joined the series while on a gap year from a music and sound technology course at the University of Portsmouth.

She said in a report on BBC News: "We use all sorts of things. Celery is used for broken bones, melons for blood and guts, and hair gel for slime.

"My favourite scene was episode six of the last Doctor Who series where we had the Lazarus monster - it was a huge challenge.

"For that one, we used hair gel and lots of broken glass."

Angell also works on spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.




Mad Norwegian UpdateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 October 2007 - Reported by Jeremy Bement

Mad Norwegian Press has released an update to their schedule. Says publisher Lars Pearson...
Mad Norwegian Press has announced that its two newest offerings --- "About Time 6" by Tat Wood and the "AHistory" Second Edition by Lance Parkin --- are running ahead of schedule and should be available at Chicago TARDIS convention over Thanksgiving weekend.

Subscribers who wish to pick copies up at the show are encouraged to e-mail Mad Norwegian and collect them from MNP Publisher Lars Pearson. Otherwise, copies will be dispatched in the mail as usual.

In addition, the Second Edition of "AHistory" has more content than was previously reported (nearly half again as much material as the prior version) and now incorporates nearly 800 "Doctor Who" stories. The Second Edition also features a new cover.




Doctor Who Magazine 389Bookmark and Share

Monday, 22 October 2007 - Reported by Kenny Davidson


The cover for the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been unveiled - click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version.

As the cover suggests, the issue will preview the forthcoming Children in Need special featuring Doctors Five and Ten, as well as revealing the results of the magazine's recent season survey. Issue 389 goes on sale on 15th November.




RTD's Next Project for the BBCBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 October 2007 - Reported by R Alan Siler

The Media Guardian reports that Doctor Who show-runner Russell T. Davies is currently developing a new project for BBC, which will occupy the executive producer's time during Doctor Who's 2009 break.

"It's going to be about fortysomething gay men and how jealous they are of gay teenagers," Davies said in an interview with the Guardian on Saturday. "I've been longing to write something for adults."

In the interview, Davies said that the inspiration for the new drama is a friend, a former Mr Gay UK, who split up from his boyfriend.

"He asked me: 'Why are so many gay men so glad we split up?' That remark's stayed with me for six years. I think there's a self-punishing streak in that gladness and I want to explore it."

An unnamed BBC spokeswoman said that it was "too early" to say which channel might show the drama or whether it will be produced in-house or by an independent production company.




Davison Doctor to ReturnBookmark and Share

Sunday, 21 October 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

The BBC has confirmed that Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, who played the part in the classic series from 1981 until 1984, will reprise his role alongside current DoctorDavid Tennant in the forthcoming Children in Need telethon.

The mini episode, entitled Time Crash, was written by award-winning Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat and will be transmitted as part of the Children in Need fundraising evening on Friday 16 November 2007.

"It is an honour for me to be able to make the connection between the Fifth Doctor and the Tenth Doctor," noted Peter Davison. "However, now is not the time for sound-bites. I can feel the hand of history on my shoulder, even if I can't do the buttons up!"

This story has also been picked up by The Sun, with another photo of the duo.





Cummins' Work To Go On DisplayBookmark and Share

Sunday, 21 October 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

Drawings by Target Books cover artist Jeff Cummins will be among items on display at Hertford Museum from next month.

An exhibition entitled Devoted To Doctor Who will highlight local residents' passion for the series, and will include work by Cummins, who lives in Ware, a locally-made Tardis, a K9, a Dalek, and a Doctor Who-inspired wallpaper collage by artist Kimberley Bevan.

The display runs from November 28 to April 12. Entrance is free. The museum, in Bull Plain, is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. It will be closed between December 23 and 26.