Torchwood 2.3 RatingsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 January 2008 - Reported by Marcus
unofficial overnight figures give Episode Three, To The Last Man, an audience of 3.2 million viewers, which was a 13% share of the total television audience.

The programme was the highest rated on BBC2 for the day, comfortably ahead of Masterchef which got 2.6 million viewers.

The programme is repeated in an edited version on BBC2 Thursday evening and is available to UK viewers for the next seven days via the BBC iPlayer.

(NB: Torchwood is not repeated on BBC Two Scotland or on BBC Two Northern Ireland, nor is Torchwood Declassified, which follows the repeats elsewhere, shown on either of those channels. With thanks to Jeanette Napier for pointing this out.)




New Trailer To Hit Big ScreenBookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 January 2008 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Posted By John Bowman

A new 90-second trailer for Series Four will start showing at cinemas across the UK from February 1, it has been reported.

According to Digital Spy, it will run at Empire, Odeon and Cineworld venues.

Naomi Gibney, the head of marketing at BBC Vision, is quoted as saying: "This is a great opportunity for the BBC to reach new audiences with an exciting preview of the new series of Doctor Who."

Trailers for Voyage Of The Damned were shown at cinemas in December.

UPDATE: The BBC Press Office has now put online more details concerning the trailer. It says the deal is part of a BBC test with Carlton Screen Advertising to showcase BBC content. It covers 837 Odeon screens, 736 Cineworld screens and 142 Empire screens. The trailer will be shown before some of the most anticipated new releases, including Cloverfield,JunoJohn Rambo and There Will Be Blood.




Torchwood - Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - Reported by Marcus
Figures released by BARB show that the first episode of Series Two,Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, achieved an official rating of 4.22 millionviewers.

Final ratings are more accurate than the initial overnights and include those who record the programme and watch it within a week.

The programme was the most watched on BBC2 for the week, beating the second placed Wonderland by a million viewers. So far the episode is the second most watched programme on the channel for the year.
BBC 2 Top Twenty (w/e 20th Jan 2008)

1 TORCHWOOD (WED 2102) 4.22
2 WONDERLAND: THE SECRET LIFE OF NORMAN WISDOM (WED 3.22
3 MASTERCHEF (THU 2001) 3.15
4 MASTERCHEF (MON 2027) 3.05
5 MASTERCHEF (WED 2032) 2.83
6 UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (MON 1957) 2.73
7 THE WEAKEST LINK (WED 1715) 2.63
8 SNOOKER (SUN 2001) 2.62
9 AN ISLAND PARISH (TUE 2001) 2.58
10 MASTERCHEF (TUE 2031) 2.58
11 THE WEAKEST LINK (THU 1716) 2.58
12 THE WEAKEST LINK (FRI 1715) 2.55
13 THE WEAKEST LINK (MON 1713) 2.55
14 THE WEAKEST LINK (TUE 1715) 2.48
15 NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS (THU 2101) 2.40
16 QI (FRI 2202) 2.40
17 BILL ODDIE'S WILD SIDE (WED 2001) 2.25
18 HORIZON (TUE 2101) 2.20
19 EGGHEADS (MON 1758) 2.13
20 FILM: SIGNS (2002) (MON 2057) 2.12
21 WILD WENSLEYDALE (SUN 1740) 2.10
22 EGGHEADS (FRI 1800) 2.01
23 THE NATURAL WORLD (FRI 2001) 2.01
24 EGGHEADS (WED 1800) 2.00
25 HAVE I GOT OLD NEWS FOR YOU (SAT 2101) 1.97
26 SNOOKER (SUN 1359) 1.93
27 EGGHEADS (THU 1801) 1.91
28 EGGHEADS (TUE 1800) 1.90
29 EXTREME PILGRIM (FRI 2102) 1.68
30 THE NATURAL WORLD (SUN 1810) 1.67

source BARB





Doctor Who Adventures 49Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Posted By John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - published in the UK on January 31 - is running a competition to create a monster for its comic strip.

The winner will appear with their creation in an exclusive comic strip in a future issue.

Editor Moray Laing said: "We can't wait to see loads of new monsters! From the letters and drawings we get, we know how much Doctor Who Adventures readers enjoy drawing pictures of the many creatures that appear in the series.

"But with this great new comp, readers get the chance to create their very own - plus the winner will appear in an exclusive comic strip story along with their yucky monster!"

Also in issue number 49:

News: The winner of the life-size Dalek competition is revealed
Fact file: The Fifth Doctor
Tales from the TARDIS: Debbie Chazen (Foon van Hoff in Voyage of the Damned) reveals her favourite scene from the Christmas special
Activity: Learn how to stomp like a Judoon and make your own special Judoon scanner
Comic strip: Part two of Hot Metal
Secrets: How the Doctor jumped through a mirror on a horse
Doctor's Data: The Futurekind
Exclusive posters: Martha and the Scarecrows, the Fifth and Tenth Doctors, and Morvin and Foon

Doctor Who Adventures issue 49 comes with a free monster pencil and eraser set featuring the Daleks and the Weeping Angels.




BBFC passes "Voyage" and "Five Doctors"Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - Reported by Josiah Rowe
The British Board of Film Classification, the UK regulatory agency for film and video, has passed "Voyage of the Damned" for DVD release and rated it PG. The Christmas special was passed without cuts; the BBFC's consumer advice is that the special "contains moderate threat and scary scenes".

The 25th Anniversary Edition of "The Five Doctors" has also been passed and rated PG. The previous DVD of "The Five Doctors" was rated U.

UK release of "The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition" is scheduled for March 3. "Voyage of the Damned" is scheduled for release on March 10.




Australian Dalek Auction for CharityBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper
Inmates at the Woodford Correctional Centre have created a full size, ride-in Dalek to be auctioned off. Proceeds are going to support the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane. The inmates were helped by Mike Burrell, Trade Instructor from Woodford Correctional Centre.

"It took six months of occasional time when we were in between production" says Burrell. "It was made mostly out of ply but there are a lot of technical difficulties. Ply's flat and most of the Dalek is round and lumpy so it was difficult. It was set up to help them with their skills and technical abilities." The dimensions of the Dalek are 1.6m high, 1.3m front to back, and 0.8m wide. It's on wheels for easy transportation and can fit through a standard sized door.

ABC Brisbane reporter Brooke Carrigan was allowed an inside look at the finished product. "I'm inside the Dalek. And then you look up and it's got this voice-altering mechanism" Carrigan explains. "I can push and pull all these things and if you lift your feet up, we've actually been cruising through the children's hospital here, up and down the hallways".

Tegan Jones, Director of Fundraising and Development at Royal Children's Hospital, encourages fans to log onto E-bay to see the finished product. The auction closes on Friday, February 8th.


Thank you to Luke Bartolo and ABC Brisbane for the information.




More news clipsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 29 January 2008 - Reported by Josiah Rowe
Doctor Who

Doctor Who had been nominated for the The South Bank Show Awards, but lost to Channel 4's Iraq War drama "The Mark of Cain". BBC News has the story.

The Doctor Who episode "Gridlock" has been nominated for the Epiphany Prize, an award given by the conservative Christian media organization Movieguide. The Epiphany Prizes "seek to create a deeper spiritual awareness in mankind and increase man's love and understanding of God" and are awarded to "popular, entertaining movies and television programs which are wholesome, uplifting, inspirational, redemptive, and moral." "Gridlock" is up against the TV movies "Lost Holiday: The Jim & Suzanne Shemwell Story", "Saving Sarah Cain" and "The Valley of Light", and an episode of the animated Christian children's series "Friends and Heroes". Variety has a story about the nomination.

The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that Billie Piper has been welcomed into her husband Laurence Fox's family, according to his cousin Emilia Fox.

And Colin Baker is endorsing a new Department of Transport scheme for anyone over 60 or disabled to have free bus travel during off-peak hours, reports the Bucks Free Press.

Torchwood

BostonNOW reviews the Torchwood first season DVD (calling the series "thoroughly entertaining").

The Daily Record has more excerpts from John Barrowman's autobiography, "Anything Goes", including Barrowman discussing his casting as Jack Harkness.

Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Helen Raynor speaks to the South Wales Echo about her work on the series. She tells the newspaper, "Sometimes I can get a bit precious about my work but that's healthy, the minute you get complacent about your work you're dead in the water."

The Herald has a rather tongue-in-cheek preview of "To the Last Man", which will air in the UK on Wednesday and in the US on February 9.

And last, Guardian Unlimited discusses the Torchwood alternate reality game, which is available (to UK users only)here.

(Thanks to "Caffeinejunkie", "PolyG" and "admiratio" of the Doctor Who Forum.)




Fanzine UpdateBookmark and Share

Monday, 28 January 2008 - Reported by Mike Doran
TSV, the fanzine of the New Zealand Doctor Who fan club celebrates 75 issues and 20 years of publication with an issue wrapped in full colour artwork by Alistair Hughes. Paul Scoones takes us through the making of the first issue in 1987. Jon Preddle delves in the history of Doctor Who broadcasting in Singapore, Chris Skerrow continues his journey through the BBC Past Doctor Adventures, and Edwin Patterson gives us a collector's guide to buying Who merchandise online. Meanwhile, Series 3 is reviewed by the TSV Review Panel while Adam McGechan (and friends!) makes a case for the series 3 story arc not being about Mr Saxon at all, but is actually based on the Hartnell adventure The Chase. 100 pages, colour cover, 20 years. To purchase a copy visitThe NZDWFC / TSV Webpage.

The latest issues of the Doctor Who Information Network's fanzine Enlightenment include issue 143, which looks at Doctor Who spin-offs with reviews of the first season of the Sarah Jane Adventures and the 10 commandments of making good Doctor Who spin-offs, plus reviews of Time Crashand Voyage of the Damned, a tribute to Verity Lambert, a survival guide for fan wives and more. Issue 142 looks travels back to 1977 with an assessment of a golden year in the classic series, reviews of The Robots of Death and Horror of Fang Rock, a look back at Philip Hinchcliffe, a review of the 1978 Dr Who annual and more! Both issues are available from the DWIN website.




Press round-upBookmark and Share

Monday, 28 January 2008 - Reported by Josiah Rowe
Doktor Wer?

The Sun reports that BBC Worldwide has sold the first two series of Doctor Who to Germany's ProSieben. The voices of the Ninth Doctor and Rose will be dubbed into German by Frank Roth and Maren Rainer, respectively.

The Sarah Jane Adventures

Despite Elisabeth Sladen's statement to SFX that a second series of The Sarah Jane Adventures has been commissioned, Digital Spy quotes a BBC source saying that no decision has yet been made.

Meanwhile, SFX has updated their report, suggesting that the "24 episodes" may represent two series being filmed back-to-back.

Torchwood

There are still more reviews of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" from the American press: the Chicago Sun-Times (which calls Torchwood "pretty, witty and gay"),The Sun-Ledger (New Jersey), the Orlando SentinelSci Fi Weekly andAbout.com all have largely positive reviews. (Earlier season reviews from the Associated Press and Newsday are also being reprinted in newspapers across the US.)

Eve Myles told Sci Fi Wire that the second series of Torchwood contains both action and romance. And Sci Fi Weekly has a John Barrowmaninterview, portions of which have already appeared in Sci Fi Wire.

Naoko Mori tells the Daily Record (Glasgow) what she loves and hates, and tells The Independent (London) about her week in media.

Finally, the Daily Record also has excerpts from John Barrowman's autobiography "Anything Goes".

(Thanks to "Lianne" of the Doctor Who Forum.)




Press ClipsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 January 2008 - Reported by Josiah Rowe
Doctor Who

Nearly all the Doctor Who press coverage from the last couple of days is related to the classic series. It's like we've gone back in time to 2003.

The Derby Evening Telegraph has a short interview with Colin Baker, who speaks about working with his ex-wifeLiza Goddard in "She Stoops to Conquer" and his visit to the filming of "Voyage of the Damned".

In the West End, Peter Davison will leave the role of King Arthur in Spamalot on March 1; his replacement in the role will be Alan Dale, who also has a guest role in an upcoming episode of Torchwood. The Official London Theatre Guide and Playbill have details.

An actual police box has been installed at the Kent Police Museum in Chatham. The Crawley Observer has the Press Association story and BBC News has videoNB: The police box, which is on loan to the museum from its home in Glasgow, will not be on public display until Sunday, February 10, when the museum reopens.

TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that BBC Video is reducing the price of two dozen classic Doctor Who DVDs in North America.

The only press items at all related to the new series are reviews of the recent adaptation of Mansfield Park starring Billie Piper, which will air in the US on PBS stations on Sunday, January 27 as part of the Masterpiece Classic series (formerly Masterpiece Theatre). The Boston GlobeLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco Chronicle and Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) review the production.

Torchwood

TV Guide and the Radio Times both have interviews with James Marsters about his role in Torchwood. TV Guidealso recommends the show to US viewers weathering the writers' strike.

There are more reviews of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" from the Boston HeraldThe Star-Ledger (New Jersey), the South Bend Tribune (Indiana), The Deadbolt and iF Magazine.

IGN, the Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) and The Globe and Mail (Toronto) have more reviews of the Torchwood First Season DVD box set; the Globe and Mail's review is on the same page as a review of the Criterion DVD release of This Sporting Life, the film which drew William Hartnell to the attention of Verity Lambert.

(Thanks to "Austin39" of the Doctor Who Forum.)




Time Meddler and Five Doctors DVD UpdatesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 January 2008 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Posted By John Bowman

The Restoration Team has updated its website with details about the forthcoming DVD releases of The Time Meddlerand The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition in the UK.

In it, Steve Roberts reveals why VidFIRE hasn't been employed on The Time Meddler. The process is normally used to give a video look to film recordings so that episodes appear as they did on transmission.

As previously reported by Outpost Gallifrey, extras on that disc will include a feature examining the comic strip adventures of the First Doctor, as well as a piece using audio recordings and the script to place in context the 12 seconds that are still missing from Checkmate - the final episode of the 1965 story - after they were cut by overseas censors before the print turned up.

The two-disc Five Doctors release will include the original version of the story, lasting 90 minutes, plus the special edition, which runs for 102 minutes. Screen grabs are used in the Restoration Team's feature to illustrate the improvement in picture quality of this 1983 story.

Among the extras on the Five Doctors release are outtakes plus contemporaneous appearances by assorted cast members on the BBC TV shows Saturday SuperstoreBlue PeterBreakfast Time and Nationwide.

The Time Meddler is due out on February 4, while The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition is released on March 3.




Torchwood- Appreciation IndexBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 January 2008 - Reported by Marcus
Wednesday's showing of Torchwood Episode Two, Sleeper received an Appreciation Index score of 85. This puts the programme in the excellent category and was one of the highest scores on Television on Wednesday. The edited version of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang scored 82.

Meanwhile the Wednesday BBC3 repeat of Sleeper got an audience of 240,000while the BBC2 edited repeat was watched by 0.9 million viewers on Thursday evening, a 4.2% share of the audience. Torchwood Declassified on Thursday got an audience of 1.0 million.




Sladen speaks to SFXBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 January 2008 - Reported by Anthony Weight
SFX Magazine are currently running a feature on their website, previewing a forthcoming interview the magazine has conducted with actress Elisabeth Sladen. Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane Smith, confirms in the feature that not only has spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures been recommissioned for a second series, this time of 24 episodes, but that she will also be returning to Doctor Who itself for a guest appearance in series four.

The full interview will be printed in a special edition of SFX due out in March.




Doctor Who Adventures: Issue 48Bookmark and Share

Friday, 25 January 2008 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures issue 48 is now available across the United Kingdom.
Press Release

Look out for new monsters!

There’s a scary new Sontaran from Series Four of Doctor Who staring out from the latest cover of Doctor Who Adventures.

Inside this week’s magazine you can find out more secrets from the exciting new series.
It’s a great year to be a Doctor Who fan… and we tell you just why! There’s everything from the return of Donna to a trip to Pompeii to look forward to as well as Doctor Who Adventures every Thursday, of course. Find out more in the issue.

PLUS:
- News! Series Four treats.
- Tales from the TARDIS The Doctor battles with the sinister Sycorax.
- Fact file Meet the Catkind from New Earth.
- This week’s activity Make a Max Capricorn mask.
- Who’s where? There’s something very wrong going on aboard the Titanic – can you find the Host haloes?
- How to… walk like a seriously scary Scarecrow.
- Comic strip Part 1 of a new adventure called Hot Metal.
- Doctor’s Data Mickey Smith.
- Time Agent Upload Featuring reader’s fantastic drawings and photographs!
- Exclusive posters! Daleks! Carrionites! The Host, Doctor and Astrid! The Lazarus Experiment – great pictures for your bedroom wall.
- Win Cool prizes could be yours!
- Puzzles! More fun with Bloodtide and Doomfinger’s woven word search and parallel pictures.

The issue comes with a brilliant free 4 in a Row game – with the Weeping Angels and Scarecrows. It’s packed with essential monster data – so don’t miss it!