The Zygon Invasion - Doctor Who ExtraBookmark and Share

Saturday, 31 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Extra (Credit: BBC) The BBC have released clips looking behind the scenes of this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Zygon Invasion.




A full review of the episode can be found on Doctor Who Reviews




New Doctor Who figures at Toys “R” UsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
8th Doctor (Credit: Character Options ) Toys “R” Us has linked up with Character Options to bring a new collector’s series of figures that will be available only in Toys “R” Us Stores in the UK. The new collection of 11 Figures includes a never before seen Eighth Doctor Figure.

The new 5 inch figure series has been created in response to the demand from Doctor Who fans who are eager to see the return of the larger format. It will include:
  • Clara Oswald (played By Jenna Coleman) – the most recent time travelling companion of The Doctor
  • Rose Tyler (played By Billie Piper) with K9
  • Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan) in her famed police outfit
  • Three separate Eleventh Doctor figures (played by Matt Smith): One in purple Jacket , another donning a cowboy hat as in Doctor Who - A Christmas Carol, and finally a classically posed Eleventh Doctor with a his ubiquitous Sonic device
  • Four versions of the current and Twelfth Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi) are also part of the line-up. Known for being a rather dapper Time Lord, there is a choice of figure in White, Black, Purple or Polka Dot shirt.
  • And last but definitely not least a brand new Eighth Doctor figure (played by Paul McGann) and as seen in the episode Night of The Doctor. The Eighth Doctor has never before been released individually in the 5 inch figure format.
Four 3.75 inch Wave 4 figures will also be available.

Al Dewar, Product Development Director, Character Options commented:
This collector’s series is really special. The fans have been requesting a return to the 5.5 inch format for a long time and in producing this collection I feel we have brought to them exactly what they have been demanding. The most exciting part for me however, is the creation of the Eighth Doctor figure, which is often seen as the missing piece for the true Doctor Who collector.
Mike Coogan, Marketing & eCommerce Director, Toy “R” Us further commented:
Toy “R” Us has a particular affinity with the Doctor Who fan and each year we like to bring to them something that they could not get anywhere else. This new series is exceptional and I believe one of the most comprehensive collector’s series to date - It will be an instant hit with all collectors.
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The Zygon Invasion - PublicityBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
A roundup of publicity for the next episode in the current series of Doctor Who, The Zygon Invasion.
The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen - until now!

When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?
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The Zygon Invasion: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 31 Oct 20158:15pm
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 31 Oct 20159:00pm EDT(1:00am GMT)
CanadaSPACESat 31 Oct 20159:00pm EDT(1:00am GMT)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSun 1 Nov 201510:00am SGT(2:00am GMT)
New ZealandPRIMESun 1 Nov 20157:30pm NZDT(6:30am GMT)
AustraliaABCSun 1 Nov 20157:40pm AEDT(8:40am GMT)
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstTue 3 Nov 20159:00pm CEST
United KingdomBBC TwoFri 6 Nov 20151:45am(British Signed Language)





The Underwater Menace surfaces on iTunesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Underwater Menace (iTunes)The Underwater Menace, the (currently) last "classic" Doctor Who story which was officially released on DVD yesterday in the United Kingdom, has also been made available digitally via iTunes.

In addition to the story itself (which comprises of the two existing episodes two and three and reconstruction of the first and last), the package also includes the behind-the-scenes documentary A Fishy Tale, and also both parts of Television Centre of the Universe (the first part of which originally featured on The Vistitation: Special Edition). The package is rounded off with the Photo Gallery.


The DVD itself also features commentaries and interviews presented on an alternative audio-track, and also includes the existing scenes from the two missing episodes that were recovered from Australian censor clips in 1998. The episodes themselves are presented after being restored via the VidFire process (which is not present in the digital versions).

You can read our review of the DVD here, and also purchase it via our Amazon Shop.

(with thanks to Julian Bashford)


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the DVD of The Underwater Menace, courtesy of BBC Worldwide, simply answer the following question:
Who was the director originally slated to make The Underwater Menace?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-fishy@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "You're not turning me into a fish!". The competition is open to UK residents only, closing date: 8th November 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




The Girl Who Died - Official RatingBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The Girl Who Died - Final Rating
Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died had an official consolidated rating of 6.56 million viewers.

The rating issued by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, or BARB, includes all those who watched the programme within one week of transmission. It does not include those watching online via iPlayer

Doctor Who was the 11th most watched programme on BBC Television, and second overall on Saturday. Overall the episode finished at 18th in the chart.

Top of the week was Strictly Come Dancing with 10.85 million watching.




The Woman Who Lived - AI:81Bookmark and Share

Monday, 26 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The Girl Who Died (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)
Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived 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.

With Sunday's overnight viewing figures now available, Doctor Who finished as the 37th most watched programme of the week. Consolidated figures will be published next week.




Tenth Doctor and Donna team up for Big FinishBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble (Credit: Big Finish)The Tenth Doctor and Donna are returning, in a new set of audio adventures for Big Finish.

Next year David Tennant will be returning to his role as the Tenth doctor, alongside Catherine Tate as his companion Donna Noble in three, hour long Doctor Who audio dramas.

David Tennant portrayed the Doctor on screen from 2005 until 1 January 2010, returning to play alongside Matt Smith and John Hurt in the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor in 2013. Catherine Tate made her début as Donna in December 2006, and after a series and two festive specials she made her last appearance alongside Tennant on 1 January 2010.

Their on-screen partnership is regarded by many as one of the high-points of the series. Big Finish Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said
I still remember the sense of joy I had when I heard that David had been asked to play the Doctor. We were all so pleased for him — as we knew how much Doctor Who meant to him. And now David comes full circle, back doing Doctor Who with Big Finish — except that this time he’s playing the Doctor! It’s the same but different — it’s wonderful to have him back.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures will be released in May 2016 and comprises three full cast audio adventures. The set opens with Technophobia by Matt Fitton, which is set in London slightly in the future, where mankind is gradually losing its ability to use everyday technology. Could there be an evil force at work?

In Time Reaver by Jenny T Colgan the Doctor and Donna arrive on Calibris - "An entirely mechanical planet. Catch, hitch, fuel, fix, buy, pretty much any kind of transportation in existence. It’s also a world full of scoundrels, where a deadly black market has opened up in a device known only as the Time Reaver". Finally, in Death and the Queen by James Goss, Donna is swept along in a fairytale romance and meets the man of her dreams in the beautiful land of Goritania. What can possibly go wrong? And why has the Doctor never heard of Goritania?

Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs said
I’ve enjoyed working with all the Doctors on TV, but David is on the only one I’d known before he became the Doctor. I’d worked with him on our Dalek Empire series for Big Finish and had such fun. So along with the excitement of directing new Tenth Doctor adventures, I’m so happy to be working with an old chum again.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt Fitton and James Goss and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

Producer David Richardson said
This is one of those dream projects where I’ve spent months pinching myself. I’m covered in bruises. With two major international stars in place, and the legacy of this era of the TV show to live up to, we’ve worked our socks off to try and make some very special stories for this box set. Expect adventure, fun, scares… and some tears too.




Australian overnight ratings for The Woman Who Lived & final ratings for Before Bookmark and Share

Monday, 26 October 2015 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Woman Who Lived has debuted in Australia, averaging 493,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the highest rating ABC drama of the day and the thirteenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Before the Flood averaged 660,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 152,000 extra viewers, it was the highest time-shifted program of the day (the second highest time-shifted program had an extra 134,000 viewers) and the fifteenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.




The Woman Who Lived - Press ReactionBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: BBC/Simon RidgwayThis item Contains Plot Spoilers

Press reaction to The Woman Who Lived is in with many reviewers picking up on the episodes theme of the curse of imortality. The Telegraph thought it was a stand out episode. "In the world of Doctor Who, immortality is an everyday topic. But this episode showed how, in reality, it would be a nightmare. To watch your lovers, your friends, your family and your children die, to witness every human disaster – the loss would be almost too tough to bear, at least while retaining one’s sense of humanity."

The Metro also picked up on the immortality theme. "Ashildr has become Me, an immortal, linear traveller through time, experiencing horrors on both a broad and a personal scale, such as losing her children to the Black Death. She is what the Doctor might have become had he not had human companions to ground him and remind him, as he tells her, ‘how beautiful and precious life is because it’s fleeting".

The Guardian enjoyed the lighter moments of the story. "Capaldi once again proves that he’s a lot better as “Funny Doctor” than he was as “Dark Doctor” last year; overcoming his aversion to punning in order to buy valuable time. And as his verbal sparring partner Sam Swift the Quick, Rufus Hound brings the same infectious glow of an actor clearly having the time of his life that Frank Skinner did last year. And since he may or not now be Me’s immortal companion, there’s plenty of scope for a return."

Radio Times while finding the episode a "dark and beautiful study of immortality and short lives", is not so sure about the character. "Sam Swift the Quick, who flounders around, delaying his hanging with mucky innuendo. He’s likeable as a one-off but now could be another immortal. Who knows what’s being set up there – I wouldn’t mourn if we never see him again."

The Independent found the episode very character driven, mainly at the expense of the plot. "The extraterrestrial lion king didn’t really make much of an impression, either from a design standpoint or as a particularly interesting villain. His plot was so by-the-numbers it barely warranted a couple of lines of dialogue and the inevitable ‘I’m invading you after all’ turnaround was so predictable it veered on the schlocky."

Digital Spy also felt the episode didn't quite hold together. "Where the episode fumbles is in its attempts to meld all of this with a broad, comic adventure, replete with bumbling guards, bungled robberies and a fire-breathing humanoid lion.The mix of moody introspection and historical romp doesn't quite gel, though Tregenna's script settles down in time to deliver a mostly satisfying final act, hinging on the fate of rival highwayman Sam Swift (a terrific, if underused, Rufus Hound)."

Author Catherine Tregenna wins plaudits from Den of Geek. "Catherine Tregenna is an ideal author of this week's script. She's already written for the near-immortal (in, surely, every sense) Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood several times. Here, she's given the time and space to put at the heart of her episode a dissection of what that immortality means".

IGN felt the episode balanced the lightweight and humorous with some more heavy moments. "The Doctor reads Me’s journals, only to find ripped out pages -- and tear stains -- which reflects the horror that he has inflicted upon her in his attempt to do a good thing. Me’s recollection of her past lives is heartbreaking.". Mashable also picks up on the journals "Catherine Tregenna, takes us into the ineffable sadness of Me's journals, dotted with tears and ripped pages. And she takes us into the even worse sadness, that Me can't remember everything that happened to her, or the names she used."

TV.Com remarked on the absence of the Doctor's companion for much of the episode. "Over the years, Doctor Who has featured Doctor- and companion-lite episodes as a means of completing production on time and budget. It was often successful, especially in terms of say, "Midnight" or "The Lodger." Whether this episode was mostly Clara-less for production reasons, I have no idea, but it was a necessary episode story-wise."

Meanwhile TV Fanatic relished the mention of a former stalwart of the series. "I loved hearing Capaldi mention Captain Jack Harkness. If there's one character I'd love to see back, it's Captain Jack. "

You can read the Doctor Who News review in our reviews section.




The Woman Who Lived: Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway4.34 million viewers watched Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures.

Doctor Who has an average share of 20% of the total TV audience as was third for the day. Top for the day was Strictly Come Dancing which had an average of 9.32 million watching. ITV had 6.55 million watching The X Factor, which was scheduled directly opposite Doctor Who.

Casualty was pushed below 4 million with 3.95 million watching.

Final ratings will be issued next week, which will be based on the exact transmission time for the episode and will include those who record it and watch it later.




K9: TimeQuakeBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 October 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
K9Official have announced plans to take K9 to the big screen:

K9: Time-Quake (Credit: K9Official)"Move over R2D2 and C3PO"......

K9, the World's most famous robot dog traverses the dimensions of space and time to become the latest robot star of the big screen!

Having made his TV debut nearly forty years ago in the 1977 Doctor Who TV serial "The Invisible Enemy" K9 went on to become one of the most iconic characters from the BBC series.

A new look high tech K9 for today's cinema is being prepared for film stardom.

The film "K9-TIMEQUAKE" has been written by one of K9's original creators; Bob Baker, a renowned writer of classic Doctor Who serials. Bob went on to co-write with Nick Park the Oscar and Bafta winning Wallace & Gromit series of film shorts as well as the feature film Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The new K9 will be appearing in a Multi-Million Dollar movie which promises to be a great action adventure set in deep Space. The film will be full of dashing heroes and heroines, Androids, monstrous Aliens and an ultimate foe who will also be familiar to Doctor Who fans everywhere; the megalomaniac OMEGA.

The film is to be a UK co-production with exteriors filmed overseas and studio work planned for the UK.

K9 is the perfect character to star in a movie with a whole new bunch of action heroes making this a home grown Star Wars come Guardians of the Galaxy style cinema must see film.

The film is currently slated for release in 2017 which will be K9's fortieth birthday!

K9: TimeQuake (Credit: K9Official)
The producers told Doctor Who News:
Bob and Paul are very excited about the project and having Omega in the Movie will bring a great new dimension to both characters as K9 faces his greatest challenge. The names of the Director and principle cast will be released in the new year. Regular updates will be posted over the next few months.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book The Essential Book of K9, courtesy of the authors, simply answer the following question:
In the television series, who was the original creator of K9?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-k9essential@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Affirmative!". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 8th November 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




Nothing At The End Of The Lane - Issue 4Bookmark and Share

Friday, 23 October 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Nothing At The End Of The Lane - Issue 4 (Credit: Nothing At The End Of The Lane)The fourth issue of the magazine of Doctor Who research and restoration, Nothing At The End Of The Lane, will be published on Sunday 25th October.

In this edition:
  • Are We The Daleks? In a Nothing at the End of the Lane exclusive, we present a set of production design sketches unseen for over 50 years from the production of the first Dalek story in 1963. Drawn by Ray Cusick’s design assistant, Jeremy Davies, they reveal some of the early abandoned concepts for the famous creatures as well as how the end design gradually developed.
  • An Unearthly Studio: With the aid of existing archival material, Philip Newman examines in detail Peter Brachacki’s production design for the very first episode, An Unearthly Child and how things were subtly changed between the original pilot and the final recording several weeks later. The article is illustrated with CG recreations of the original studio layout by Rob Semenoff.
  • A Narrative of the Life of Peter Brachacki: To accompany the article on An Unearthly Child Philip Newman, with the aid of the Brachacki family, looks at the life of Doctor Who’s first production designer and how a man who had found himself imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp during the Second World War came to work at the BBC
  • Going on the Record – The History of Doctor Who Drama on Vinyl: In the 14 years between 1965 and 1979, several attempts were made to convert Doctor Who into a commercially available audio format. These ranged from the adaptation of existing television soundtracks to the creation of brand new adventures and whilst some ideas made it to the record shelves, others faded into obscurity. What was Dr. Who’s Diary and the Kinster project? What changes were made to The Pescatons prior to recording? How did the BBC scupper Argo’s plans to release a second Doctor Who LP in March 1977? We reveal all...
  • Regeneration? What Regeneration?: In August 2013, an early draft of Episode 4 of The Tenth Planet was discovered in Kit Pedler’s personal archive – one that was written before the concept of regeneration was introduced to the programme. What were the differences? We find out?
  • My Dad...Mervyn Pinfield: For many years, little was known about the programme’s first-ever associate producer. We talk to Mervyn’s son, Mike, about his father’s life and work.
  • Bob’s Fantasy Factory: Richard Molesworth looks at The Fantasy Factory, the script that Robert Holmes originally wrote for Episode 13 of The Trial of a Time Lord, completed shortly before his death and featuring a matrix inhabited by Jack the Ripper, the Duke of Clarence and the Doctor plunging to his death in the Thames... Illustrated by Lee Sullivan.
  • Are You My Mummy? Creature supervisor Dave Bonneywell takes us through his photographic record of the work done creating The Foretold from Mummy on the Orient Express.
  • The Repository of Incredible Things: Our ten-page feature provides a pictorial showcase of some of the many props, models and storyboards from the series that have made their way into private collections – from The Keys of Marinus through to Evolution of the Daleks.
  • Trouble in Store: For the first time, we present the full outline to the unused Second Doctor story, The Big Store, as Andrew Pixley looks at how the idea ultimately metamorphosed into The Faceless Ones. Illustrated by Lee Sullivan.
Plus:
  • We look at what is known about a First Doctor story that would have featured a new alien race, the Daggits.
  • What survives from the original abandoned recording of The Dead Planet?
  • We speak to Barry Letts’ secretary, Sarah Newman who tells us how Spike Milligan came to submit a script entitled Captain Scarlet’s Left Sock...
  • We talk to the programme’s first costume designer, Maureen Heneghan-Tripp as to what her inspirations where when working on the pilot episode.
  • How the lost TARDIS scene from Terror of the Zygons came to be recovered – twice!
  • Fantastic Facts and Memory Lane return!
  • And lots of other interesting stuff!

The full colour, 118 page magazine will be available to buy from the Nothing at the End of the Lane website from Sunday.

(with thanks to Richard Bignell)




Before the Flood - Chart PlacingBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Before the Flood, which finished with an official rating of 6.05 million viewers, has been confirmed as the 21st most watched programme of the week.

Consolidated figures give the episode a share of 26.7% of the total TV audience.

The rating issued by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, or BARB, includes all those who watched the programme within one week of transmission. It does not include those watching online via iPlayer

This year Barb is reporting, for the first time, a 28 day figure, which gives an indication of how many watch the programme within four weeks of the original transmission. Data for the first episode of the series, The Magician's Apprentice, gave the episode a 28 day rating of 6.84 million viewers, 300,000 more than the initial 7 day figure.