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31st March 2006
The BBC Press Office has this afternoon issued a second
press release to promote the imminent launch of Doctor Who
Adventures, the new children's comic from BBC Magazines. It says
that "the first issue will feature a Doctor Who themed 6-piece
stationery set and readers will also have the chance to win a
life-size dalek. ... Moray Laing, Assistant Editor, Doctor Who
Adventures said: 'Doctor Who Adventures is big, bright and bold,
like the series itself. There's something exciting on every page for
young Doctor Who fans, who will be immersed in their very own time
travel adventure. In the first issue there is a cut-out-and-keep
guide to the Daleks and fans can make their own Slitheen mask,
perfect for scaring friends!'" Of note is the promise of heavy
promotion in the shops, with "point of sale merchandise including
shelf wobblers, shelfbarkers and posters. The magazine has also
achieved strong listings in all of the key retailers, with the
launch issue being heavily promoted."
30th March 2006
In addition to watching 13 new, gripping and exciting
adventures - with David Tennant as the Doctor and Billie
Piper as Rose - viewers will be given the opportunity to
download 13 60-second mini-episodes via their mobile
phones, or stream them on broadband as part of the BBC's
TV Plus trials.
The TARDISODES, which are part of the BBC's trials exploring ways
of broadening the output of leading brands, offer the audience an
exclusive insight into what's going on in the Doctor Who universe
These individual and unique downloads will be available on
Saturdays after the main show has gone out.
They will include footage that won't be seen on TV, and back
story about the characters and adventures coming up inthe next
episode - from meeting the Cat Women who can cure all illnesses,
joining Mickey as he discovers some alien activity in a local
school, to witnessing the Cybermen upgrade process!
You'll be able to subscribe to the TARDISODES from April 1 by
texting TARDIS to 81010.
30th March 2006
The media descended on Cardiff's Millennium Centre on
Tuesday 28 March for the official press launch of the
2006 series of Doctor Who. David Tennant and Billie
Piper talked to BBC News about working on the show, and
gave a few hints about the exciting new episodes. Click
on the links below to watch and read more.
BBC News Report (Warning: Contains minor spoilers!)
BBC Wiltshire report
29th March 2006
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, #368,
has now reached many subscribers and has a large amount
of news from the forthcoming second Doctor Who series,
including the new titles which we reported on yesterday,
and the following items:
Promotion: Producer Phil Collinson confirms that
the publicity campaign for Series Two will, like last year, include
"posters at specially selected sites" and a "specially shot
television campaign". These trailers will comprise exclusive footage
of David Tennant and Billie Piper and was due to be shot on 18
March. Meanwhile, Blue Peter will continue its association
with the show, beginning on Wednesday 19 April with a "make" and
studio guests. Blue Peter editor Richard Marson also promises a film
about the Cybermen; a report on a set visit by William Grantham,
competition-winning designer of the Abzorbaloff; and a possible
visit from K9. There will also be a 'Doctor Who Week' in The Sun,
beginning on Monday 24 April, in which Sun readers who can operate a
DVD player will be offered a series of specially produced DVDs;
these will feature episodes already available from BBC DVD. The
Radio Times for 15–21 April will feature "another collector's
special … [with] a really original and ambitious cover", interviews
and behind-the-scenes material.
Production Updates: Collinson has told DWM that
"production is now at full tilt", with 'The Satan Pit' and 'Love &
Monsters' nearing completion. The final day of filming is scheduled
for this Saturday, 1 April. Editing and dubbing of 'School Reunion'
and 'Tooth and Claw' was almost complete as of the start of March,
'The Idiot's Lantern' and 'Fear Her' are "almost ready", and edits
of 'Rise of the Cybermen' and 'The Age of Steel' "have been locked".
Meanwhile, the production team is now turning to Series Three:
"plans have been put in place" for this year's Christmas special and
all of next year's scripts "have been commissioned". Russell T
Davies' 'Production Notes' reveal that the series has its own new
studio, "a dedicated space for both Doctor Who and Torchwood, with
room for production, post-production and the actual filming." And
they call it Camelot, Davies comparing its size to a Hollywood lot.
Casting: Actor Shaun Parkes joins the guest
cast for 'The Impossible Planet' and 'The Satan Pit'; Parkes
previously worked with David Tennant on "Casanova" and with Billie
Piper in "Things To Do Before You're 30," and he has appeared in
"Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)." In the same episodes are Claire
Rushbrook and Danny Webb; the latter's extensive credits
include "Our Friends in the North" with Christopher Eccleston. The
supporting cast will include Ronnie Jhutta and Myanna
Buring. Collinson noted that the episodes featuring cameos from
various UK television stars "are a bit cleverer than might first
appear" from tabloid reports. "The TARDIS absolutely does not land
in Albert Square, nor does the Doctor step onto the Trisha show to
sort out his relationship with Rose."
Totally Doctor Who: The new children's magazine
show now has a confirmed timeslot: from 13 April, it will transmit
on BBC One at 5.00pm every Thursday. There will also be a weekly
repeat on the digital channel CBBC, each Saturday at 6.30pm,
immediately before the week's episode is broadcast. Its two
presenters will interview studio guests from previous episodes and
introduce "filmed inserts both from the Doctor Who set and the wider
world of the series and the children who love it."
Doctor Who Confidential: The content of another
hour of the three-hour Doctor Who Night on BBC Three on Sunday 9
April has now been revealed: the Doctor Who Confidential team has
been commissioned to make a 60-minute special. Confidential will
also soon have its own website. DWM interviews the series producers,
Gillane Seaborne and Adam Page, who reveal that they have recorded
"even more backstage footage and on-set interviews than last year".
As a result, the programmes will rely much less on earlier Doctors
and material on the history of the show. The first four editions
have been completed. The first, 'New New Doctor', "follows David
Tennant behind the scenes" on New Earth and "New New York"; 'Fear
Factor' is the second and "looks back at 40 years of Doctor Who's
creatures", including 'Tooth and Claw's werewolf and the Sycorax.
'Friend Reunited' concentrates on Sarah Jane Smith and K9, while the
fourth, 'From Script to Screen', "follows every stage of the making
of 'The Girl in the Fireplace'," from script and tone meetings to
read-through and the start of recording.
The Official Website: After each episode's
transmission on BBC One, the official Doctor Who
website will unveil two hours of extra material, including a
full episode commentary for download, Tardisodes, trailers and video
diaries by Doctor Who Confidential. The commentary for 'New Earth'
is by Julie Gardner, James Hawes and Will Cohen, executive producer,
director and visual effects supervisor respectively. The next game
to be unveiled will feature K9, "pitting him against a whole host of
the new series' most popular creations." A further game is also
being prepared. The site will also be resuming its publication of
ebooks of out-of-print novels, beginning with Mark Gatiss' New
Adventures: Nightshade "later in the year". The interactive game,
'Attack of the Graske' is receiving about 42,000 requests per week
on the website. DWM reports that there are plans to make the
official website's commentary tracks available as an interactive
extra to accompany the BBC Three repeats of each episode. They will
also be for download from iTunes.
20th March 2006
Two top names join the team.
Highly acclaimed actors Marc Warren and Shirley
Henderson have joined the cast of episode 10 of the new
series of Doctor Who, working alongside the
previously-announced Peter Kay.
Marc Warren is currently back on our screens every
Friday night on BBC One as conman Danny Blue in the hit
series Hustle. Marc's long and varied career includes TV
series Clocking Off, Band of Brothers and State of Play
(for which he won a Royal Television Society award for
Also appearing in this superb episode is Shirley
Henderson, a renowned Scottish actress who's appeared in
TV shows as diverse as Hamish Macbeth and the recent
adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
Shirley's also appeared in some of the biggest movie
hits of recent years, including the Bridget Jones films
(as Bridget's emotional friend Jude) and as the
toilet-bound ghost Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter
Previously announced guest stars for the forthcoming
second series of Doctor Who include Pauline Collins,
Maureen Lipman, Anthony Head, Sophia Myles, Roger
Lloyd-Pack, Andrew Hayden-Smith, Will Thorp and
18th March 2006
BBC Four repeats 1973 story The Green Death
As part of its forthcoming season of programmes looking
back at the culture, events and telly of the year 1973,
BBC Four is screening a repeat of the Third Doctor
adventure The Green Death.
Known by many people who saw it on its first broadcast
as 'the one with the giant maggots', this adventure sees
the Doctor (Jon Pertwee), his assistant Jo Grant (Katy
Manning) and the soldiers of UNIT travel to the valleys
of South Wales to investigate the strange death of a
coal miner whose body is discovered glowing bright
The Doctor and his friends soon discover that the nearby
Global Chemicals factory might have something to do with
the sinister happenings. But who exactly is the 'Boss'
of Global Chemicals? And can the hippy drop-outs at the
This adventure is being screened in three double
episodes from 7.10pm to 8pm on consecutive nights:
Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 April 2006. Don't
17th February 2006
Cover artwork for Doctor
Who monsters update revealed.
from the official website
BBC Books have released the cover artwork for Doctor Who:
Aliens and Enemies.
This fully illustrated guide to the Doctor's evil foes picks
up where 2005's Monsters and Villains book left off. Expect to
see baddies like the Sycorax, the Gelth and Reapers within its
As well as recent menaces to mankind, Aliens and Enemies also
includes classic foes like the Cybermen, Sutekh and the Zarbi.
Facts, figures and images of each monster feature alongside a
synopsis of the episodes they appeared in. Plus,
behind-the-scenes information gives insights into how these
monsters were created and brought to life.
Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies will be published on 18 May
from the official website
BBC Audiobooks have announced new release Doctor Who:
The Dalek Conquests, read by voice of the Daleks Nick
Briggs. Bringing you everything you wanted to know about
Daleks, but were, understandably, too scared to ask, The
Dalek Conquests covers every encounter the Doctor has
had with his hate-filled nemeses.
Through extracts from their many TV appearances, and
linking narration by Nick, The Dalek Conquests finds out
where the Daleks come from, who was behind their
original creation, and just why they are so bent on
Doctor Who: The Dalek Conquests is released on May 1
Go to The Official Website
from the official website
Watch the Who star in rom-com on the BBC
If you've ever wondered what going on a date with David
Tennant would be like, and let's face it, who hasn't,
the BBC Film Network has the answer.
They've just published romantic comedy Nine and a Half
Minutes on their site. Made back in 2002, it stars the
Tenth Doctor actor alongside Zoe Telford. They play
Charlie and Heather, a couple who meet on a blind date
and then go on to imagine a whole relationship in just
under ten minutes.
Warning - the film does contain some very strong
language, alongside images of David Tennant pretending
to be a crocodile wrestler.
Watch Nine and a Half Minutes on the BBC Film Network
from the official website
Genesis Of The Daleks cover
2entertain have released the cover
artwork for their Genesis of the Daleks DVD.
Genesis of the Daleks sees the Fourth
Doctor and his companions transported back in time by
the Time Lords to the planet Skaro. Starring Tom Baker,
the story was voted number one in a Doctor Who Magazine
poll of the classic series.
The Doctor's mission is to put a halt to
mad scientist Davros' plan to mutate aliens into a breed
of killing machines - later to be known as Daleks - and
in doing so alter the course of history!
The two- disc set contains over two
hours of special features including:
Commentary with Tom Baker, Elisabeth
Sladen, Peter Miles (Nyder) and director David
Genesis of a Classic - cast and crew
recall working on the story in this specially shot
The Dalek Tapes - new documentary
narrated by Terry Molloy (who plays Davros in other
Doctor Who stories), that tells the story of the
Doctor's most iconic villain, including rare footage
from programmes such as Blue Peter
Blue Peter - a March 1975 item
looking at a collection of Doctor Who models
Doctor Who 1976 Annual as a PDF
Radio Times Billings
Subtitle production notes
Genesis Of The Daleks is currently
scheduled for released on 10 April 2006.
Genesis Of The Daleks episode guide
Large Cover Image
"The Mirror" newspaper, Trisha Goddard will appear in
the new series of Doctor Who, playing herself, in an
episode entitled "I'm In Love With A Ghost".
Go to The Mirror Online
from Doctor Who Serendipity website
ITV's South Bank Show awards were
broadcast last night, during which Billie Piper won the
Times Breakthrough Award for rising British talent, for
her role as Rose in the new series. The series itself
for once lost out a top position, being beaten in the
Best TV Drama category by Channel's 4 adaptation Elizabeth I starring Helen Mirren.
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Jan 28 2006
Australia's ABC Network has confirmed in emails sent out to fans
today that they at last have negotiated rights to show the series' second season
and Christmas special to Australian audiences some time this year. "The ABC has
secured the rights to broadcast the second series of the (new) Doctor Who and
The Christmas Invasion," says the email announcement. "A broadcast date has not
been set. Please check you local
television guide on a regular basis for scheduling information." Previously,
the network said they were looking into the rights but had not secured them;
this is the first indication that they will indeed be showing the second series
and special. (Thanks to Adam Kirk, Kerry Hewitt, Brad Truran)