Torchwood 2.7 AI figureBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 February 2008 - Reported by Marcus
Episode seven of Torchwood, Dead Man Walking , scored an Appreciation Index figure of 86, once more putting it in the excellent category. It was highest figure for the day on the four main channels.

The edited repeat was watched by 0.9 million viewers, according to overnight figures, a 4.3% share of the total audience. Torchwood Declassifiedgot 1.4 million viewers. These figures are slightly higher than the actual overnights as they include Scotland and Northern Ireland where Torchwood was not shown.




Series Four Launch Night PartyBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 February 2008 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Posted By John Bowman

A special party with star guests possibly in tow is to be held in London the night Series Four starts - and readers of this page could be joining in the fun.

The free event is being organised by Doctor Who historian Jeremy Bentham, who has 100 tickets up for grabs.

Very much an informal occasion, similar parties that he has held for the start of the previous three series have proved hugely popular - last year's, for instance, saw just under 1,400 applications for tickets.

Bentham said: "We will be showing Partners In Crime, plus any other related Doctor Who programmes that are on that day, live on a big-screen plasma projection system with full surround sound - and who knows who else may drop in to join the fun and festivities?"

Among the star names at last year's party was Nicholas Courtney. Pictured at the event is a Dalek built by prop-maker Julian Vince, who also supplied a police box that materialised during the day.

This year's party will start at 3pm and finish late. A cash bar and full food menu will be available throughout the afternoon and evening, plus from 10pm onwards there will be free admission to the venue's nightclub.

Bentham said: "A draw for the tickets will take place three weeks before the confirmed series launch date, which is currently expected to be one of the Saturdays in early to mid-April."

And he stressed: "Please only apply for tickets if you know for sure that you'll be available to come to London for the party whenever Series Four starts. Alternatively, please state any Saturday dates when you will not be able to come, so that I can ensure tickets go out to those who can definitely make it."

Party hopefuls should send a postcard stating their full name, address, daytime contact number and the number of tickets they would like (maximum of two) to: DW Launch Party 2008, 13 Northfield Road, Boreham Wood, Herts, WD6 5AE.

All party entrants must be aged at least 18 and no admission will be allowed without a valid ticket. Winners will be notified by post during the week following the draw.




Torchwood 2.7 Overnight RatingsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 February 2008 - Reported by Marcus
Unofficial figures show that the BBC2 showing of Torchwood Episode 7, Dead Man Walking was watched by 3.0 million viewers, a12.5% share of the total TV audience.

The programme was the second most watched of the day on BBC2, being beaten by Masterchef and the 18th most watched on British television for the day. The episode had its premier on the digital channel BBC3 last week, where it was watched by 0.9 million viewers.

Episode Eight, A Day in the Death was watched by 1.05 millionviewers on BBC3, making it the highest rated programme on all multichannel TV for the day, and giving it a 5.7% share of the total audience.




Torchwood 2.5 Final RatingsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 February 2008 - Reported by Marcus
BARB has released final ratings for the week ending 17th February, giving Episode Five of Torchwood,Adam, an official rating of 3.79 millionviewers.

This, once more, makes Torchwood the highest rated programme on BBC2 for the week beating University Challenge into second place.

The BBC3 premier of Episode Six, Reset got a final rating of 0.85 million viewers. It was the 5th highest rated programme on BBC3 for the week.
BBC2 Top Ten (w/e 17 February 2008)

1 - TORCHWOOD (WED 2100) 3.79 million
2 - UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (MON 2001) 3.51 million
3 - MASTERCHEF (MON 2032) 3.36 million
4 - MASTERCHEF (THU 2002) 3.26 million
5 - MASTERCHEF (WED 2029) 3.00 million
6 - MASTERCHEF (TUE 2031) 2.89 million
7 - THE CHOIR (FRI 2102) 2.74 million
8 - AN ISLAND PARISH (TUE 2000) 2.69 million
9 - QI (FRI 2202) 2.59 million
10- THE NATURAL WORLD (FRI 2001) 2.55 million

BBC3 Top Ten (w/e 17 February 2008)

1 - EASTENDERS (Thu 2201) 958,000
2 - EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 929,000
3 - FILM: BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003) (Mon 2030) 880,000
4 - FILM: BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003) (Sat 2141) 880,000
5 - TORCHWOOD (Wed 2152) 849,000
6 - TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISP (Sun 2100 807,000
7 - EASTENDERS (Mon 2204) 759,000
8 - DAWN GETS NAKED (Thu 2102) 658,000
9 - EASTENDERS (Fri 2200) 549,000
10- 60 SECONDS (Mon 2202) 526,000


Source: BARB




Invasion of Time DVD LatestBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 February 2008 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Posted By John Bowman

The forthcoming DVD release of Fourth Doctor story The Invasion of Time will have CGI effects as optional extras.

The British Board of Film Classification today passed a total of 33 effects for the six-part adventure, comprising three for episode one, five for episode two, five for episode three, nine for episode four, three for episode five, and eight for episode six.

As well as the mini-documentaries The Elusive David Agnew and The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey, reported earlier this month by this site, today's announcement stated that the DVD would also have a "making of" mini-documentary entitled Out of Time plus an Easter Egg.

A date for the DVD's release has yet to be announced.




Torchwood Episode TitlesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2008 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper
Torchwood Magazine has announced the titles of the final episodes of the current season.

Episode 8 - A Day in the Death by Joe Lidster
Episode 9 - Something Borrowed by Phil Ford
Episode 10 - From Out of the Rain by PJ Hammond
Episode 11 - Adrift by Chris Chibnail
Episode 12 - Fragments by Chris Chibnail
Episode 13 - Exit Wounds by Chris Chibnail

Viewers in Scotland can now see the pre-watershed version of Torchwood on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.




Black Orchid in AprilBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2008 - Reported by Marcus
It has been confirmed that the Peter Davison story Black Orchid will be released in the UK on 14th April 2008.




Doctor Who Adventures 53Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2008 - Reported by Marcus
This week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures looks at the heroes of Doctor Who. You can read about ten of the bravest people the Doctor has met. Everyone from Mickey Smith and Bannakaffalatta to Martha and Rose. But who do you think is the top hero?

There's also the chance to win tickets to a new London Doctor Who Exhibition in Earl's Court plus posters of Martha Jones, Sally Sparrow and a Weeping Angel and the Doctor and Astrid.

In "Tales from the TARDIS", Astrid saves the Earth but the Doctor loses a friend and "The Ultimate Guide to Doctor Who" features The Rise of the Cybermen to The Satan Pit

The Quiz asks "what kind of hero are you?" and you can learn how to draw Bannakaffalatta the little red cyborg. The comic strip is "The Old Kings of Skarab" part 2.

Doctor Who Adventures issue 53, is out in the UK on Thursday 28 February.




Verity Lambert Tribute NightBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 February 2008 - Reported by Marcus
The Guardian has confirmed that BBC Four is planning a tribute night to Doctor Who's first producer, Verity Lambert, who died last year.

The evening, which is planned for April, will feature a new documentary looking back at Lambert's work, including her pivotal role in setting up Doctor Who.

Those who have already filmed interviews for the documentary include the former Channel 4 chief executive Jeremy Isaacs. Other figures who are thought to be in the frame to feature include the Doctor Who executive producer Russell T Davies and Jonathan Creek star Alan Davies.

Thanks to Luke McCullough




News Round-UpBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 February 2008 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Posted By John Bowman

Events

Colin Baker will be returning to Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent - the filming location for The Ultimate Foe section of The Trial of a Time Lord - on Sunday, May 18. This was where he filmed his last two episodes as the Doctor. Davros actor Terry Molloy will also be there. More details can be found at Colin Baker Online.

Interviews

Comic Book Resources has an interview with Pia Guerra, who is an artist for IDW Publishing's Doctor Who comic.

Newsarama has had a chat with Burn Gorman, while iF Magazine currently has the first part of a two-part interview with Naoko Mori.

Freema Agyeman's 23-minute appearance on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 5 Live show on February 20 is available to download as a podcast here until February 27.

John Barrowman and Freema Agyeman have been speaking to BBC Oxford.

Merchandise

ComicMix has a piece about Doctor Who Minimates finally being approved for production by Underground Toys, namely David Tennant's Doctor, Martha Jones and Cybermen.

DVDs

The Patrick Troughton ten-part epic The War Games is being prepared for DVD release. Both the Eastbourne Herald and The Argus in Brighton carried appeals from the Restoration Team this week for people to come forward with reminiscences, photos, etc, for accompanying features.

Covers for the 25th anniversary edition of The Five Doctors have been released. There appear to be two versions of the front. Click on the thumbnails below for larger versions. The DVD is out in the UK on March 3.

(With thanks to Rob Cope, Shane Williams, Steven Stearns, Adrian Behennah, Iain Campbell, Jonathan Barlow, Carl T Davies, Matt Evenden, Tim Bowers, Richard Harwood, and 'spiderfrommars'.)




Torchwood Ratings and AI UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 February 2008 - Reported by Marcus
Wednesday's BBC2 showing of Episode Six of TorchwoodReset, was watched by an audience of 2.8 millionviewers, which was an 11.1% share of the total television audience. This episode had received its premiere on BBC3 the previous week, when it received an overnight of 807,000 viewers.

Episode Six of Torchwood Declassified (which, for the first time this year had its premiere on Wednesday, immediately after Reset) received an overnight figure of 1.6 million viewers.

Episode Seven, Dead Man Walking, received its first showing on BBC3 this week, where it got an overnight audience of 0.9 million.

Meanwhile, final figures released by BARB gave Episode Four, Meat an official rating of 3.2 million viewers, making it the second most watched programme on BBC2 for the week.

Finally, the AI figure for last week’s Adam was 85, while both the BBC3 premiere and the BBC2 showing of Resetscored 87, the highest score of the series to date.




Doctor Who Adventures 52Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 February 2008 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Posted By John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - out today - has an inflatable Dalek on the cover as a free gift.

Plenty of monster shocks are promised inside issue number 52 as well, including seeing what the original Cybermen looked like. Plus:

The Ultimate Guide to Series Two, part one: The Christmas Invasion to The Girl in the Fireplace
Tales from the Tardis: Things heat up in a scene from 42
Secrets: The making of Max Capricorn
Comic strip: The Old Kings of Skarab, part one
Doctor's Data: Jackie Tyler
Make: A Tardis toy box
Posters: The Titanic crew, the inside of the Tardis, the Doctor, Cybermen, and Professor Yana.




Doctor Who and Torchwood success on BBC iPlayer serviceBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have issued a press release reporting on the success of their online iPlayer service.

The report shows the Christmas special Voyage of the Damned as the most watched programme on the service since Christmas Day, with the first threeTorchwood episodes coming in at 3rd, 5th and 10th places respectively (data up to 12th February).

The article reports that the iPlayer service is now reaching up to 500,000 visits a day, with some 17 million programmes watched over its first seven weeks of operation.

Additional information thanks to Scott Matthewman from The Stage.




The Trial of a Time Lord DVDBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 - Reported by Anthony Weight
DVD bonus material listed as classified by the British Board of Film Classification on their website reveals that the 1986 14-episode Doctor Who storyThe Trial of a Time Lord is to be released on DVD later this year. The serial, which saw the Doctor being placed on trial by his fellow Time Lords, encompassed the entire twenty-third series of Doctor Who, and was the last to star Sixth Doctor Colin Baker.

So far only the extras for the second segment of the serial, popularly known as Mindwarp, have been classified. These include a 20-minute "Making Of" feature; the 1985 Children in Need night feature which saw the largest ever single gathering of regular cast members from the series; and a Lenny Henry Doctor Who sketch.