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15 June 2011

Danny Cohen (BBC1 Controller) recently confirmed at the Church and Media Conference that Doctor Who will not be returning for a full series until 2013.

The comments come after weeks of speculation over the scheduling for the series in 2012. Last week the BBC confirmed that 14 episodes of Doctor Who had been commissioned but that the schedule was yet to be announced. We do know that one of the confirmed 14 episodes will be the 2012 Christmas Special.

It is unknown yet as to the exact reason behind the decision, but it is likely due to the reports of big plans for the show's 50th anniversary in 2012.

What could we expect to see in 2013?

- Possible American-style dual season (26 x Episodes) throughout the year.

- A mixture of standard episodes and specials.

- 14 x 1-hour specials aired throughout the year.

- A 13 x Episode series (plus Christmas Special) beginning in the Autumn.

[Source: Danny Cohen]

9 June 2011

Character Options have released details and an image for a rather fun Doctor Who Toy product; The Flesh Goo Pod.

Have lots of gooey fun with the fantastically slimy TARDIS shaped Doctor Who Goo Pod. Filled with lots of slimy goo you will also find random ‘The Flesh’ parts hidden inside for double the fun! 5+.

+  The Flesh Goo Pod is released July 2011, priced £6.99.

+  Preorder this product from Forbidden Planet!

[Source: Character Options]

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9 June 2011

On Tuesday 7th June 2011, DWO had the pleasure of interviewing  Tom B aker (The 4th Doctor), in the English seaside town of Rye, for the upcoming 200th episode of our DWO WhoCast podcast.

To tie-in with the interview, DWO have a specially recorded promo video titled 'To Catch Tom in the Rye'.

Featuring DWO WhoCast hosts Tony Gallichan and Dave Keep, the pair roam the streets of Rye looking for the elusive Tom Baker. Along the way they discover several clues, a couple of red herrings, and a terribly disinterested cat. The video has been included for your viewing pleasure below:

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Tom also very kindly recorded a video greeting to DWO below:

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[Source: Doctor Who Online]

8 June 2011

It is with deepest regret that DWO announces the passing of Classic Doctor Who Actor, Roy Skelton.

Roy is best known to Doctor Who fans for providing the voices of The Daleks in the Classic Series, as well as supporting roles:

The Ark (Monoid voices), The Tenth Planet (Cybermen voices), The Evil of the Daleks (Dalek voices), The Ice Warriors (Computer voice), The Wheel in Space (Cybermen voices), The Krotons (Kroton voices), Colony in Space (as Norton), Planet of the Daleks (Dalek voices and as Wester), The Green Death (as James), Genesis of the Daleks (Dalek voices), The Android Invasion (as Chedaki), The Hand of Fear (as King Rokon), Destiny of the Daleks (Dalek voices), The Five Doctors (Dalek voice), Revelation of the Daleks (Dalek voices), Remembrance of the Daleks (Dalek voices), The Curse of Fatal Death (Dalek voices).

Roy died after suffering a stroke and was 79 years of age.

DWO would like to extend our wishes to Roy's family and friends.

[Source: BBC News; TARDIS Wiki]

7 June 2011

Sam Hodges, the Head of Communications for BBC One and Fiction has confirmed that Doctor Who and Matt Smith will return for 14 more stories (2011 Christmas Special + 13 x Episodes).

Confirmation came via Hodges' Twitter account today:

"#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1"

Doctor Who Showrunner, Steven Moffat retweeted adding the following twees:

"14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I've got a plan and I'm NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun.#formaqueue"

DWO's own Twitter account has been innundated with messages from fans wanting to know what will happen to The Doctor during this season, with Moffat responding to one of the followers:

"@EuroboiSteve @DrWhoOnline What, you don't think he's got time, in those 200 years, to have LOTS of adventures. He DIED - you saw him."

Further confirmation is expected from the BBC shortly, and more details are coming up in the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

[Sources: Sam Hodges; Steven Moffat]

6 June 2011

2|Entertain have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of Paradise Towers.

Paradise Towers

Featuring: Sylvester McCoy as The 7th Doctor

Mel wants to go swimming and, as the TARDIS pool has been jettisoned due to a leak, Paradise Towers seems to fit the bill. However, when she and the Doctor arrive, instead of the bright squares and charming cloisters the brochure promised, they find dark, rat-infested corridors full of uncontrollable cleaning machines, undisciplined street gangs and over-worked and belligerent caretakers. Some of the residents seem to be disappearing in mysterious circumstances, too.

What has caused such terrible decay? How could such perfect accommodation have become so rundown and dangerous? And why do the street-wise Kangs, apathetic caretakers, sinister Rezzies and Pex – the self-appointed warrior who puts the world of Paradise Towers to rights – all fear whatever terrible force dwells in the basement? Only the unpredictable Chief Caretaker knows what is down there – and the real secret behind the disappearances…

Special Features:

• Commentary – with actress Judy Cornwell, writer Stephen Wyatt, special sounds supervisor Dick Mills and moderated by Mark Ayres.

• Horror on the High Rise – Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres presents a look at the making of Paradise Towers. With actors Richard Briers, Howard Cooke and Catherine Cusack, writer Stephen Wyatt, script editor Andrew Cartmel, original score composer David Snell and replacement score composer Keff McCulloch.

• Deleted and Extended Scenes – deleted and extended scenes from the first edit of the story.

• Continuity – continuity announcements from the story’s original transmission.

• Girls! Girls! Girls! – The Eighties – three actresses who played companions in the 1980s – Sophie Aldred, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton – discuss the trials and tribulations of being a Doctor Who girl. Introduced by Peter Purves.

• Casting Sylvester – Jigsaw producer Clive Doig explains his relationship with Sylvester McCoy and his role in the actor’s casting as the Seventh Doctor.

• Photo Gallery – production, design and publicity photos from the story.

• Coming Soon – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

• Programme subtitles.

• Subtitle Production Notes.

+  Paradise Towers is released on 18th July 2011, priced £20.42.

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[Source: 2|Entertain]

5 June 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.7: A Good Man Goes To War.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.5m viewers, with an audience share of 25.4%, and Doctor Who was the sixth most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 4th June:

01 …. 12.5m (49.3%) …. Britain's Got Talent Final Results 21:30 ITV 1

02 …. 11.4m (47.0%) …. Britain's Got Talent Final 19:00 ITV 1 

03 …. 6.5m (27.5%) …. Popstar to Operastar: The Curtain Raiser 21:00 

04 …. 6.1m (26.6%) …. ITV News & Weather 22:00 ITV 1 

05 …. 5.6m (36.8%) …. Euro 2012 Qualifier Live: England v Switzerland 16:15 ITV 1 

06 …. 5.5m (25.4%) …. Doctor Who 18:45 BBC One 

Final BARB ratings will be available within the next 10 days.

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[Source: Andy Parish]

4 June 2011

DWO caught up with New Series Actor, Simon Fisher-Becker, to discuss his character, Dorium Maldovar, his early Doctor Who memories, Doctor Who fandom and bringing the universe together!

6.7: A Good Man Goes To War isn't the first time we have seen Dorium Maldavar. Did you know at the time of filming 5.12: The Pandorica Opens, that your character would return in Series 6?

No, complete surprise. I was very happy with my scene opposite the delicious Alex Kingston. Yes I hoped there would be more - thanks to Steven Moffat's imagination Dorium Lives...! 

Without giving too much away, tell us a bit about Dorium. What kind of a man is he and can we expect to see more of him in future Doctor Who episodes?

As episode 7 has revealed, there is a decent moral fibre hidden deep inside Dorium. He lives and thrives on the murky side of society where he survives on his wits. His temperament is somewhat murcurial which adds a little danger - others can be nervous around him, but Dorium is multi layered. Very few really 'know' Dorium but when push comes to shove he is loyal, reliable and teflon coated.

How aware of the Doctor Who universe were you before you got the part? Were you a fan, and if so, what is your first memory of the show?

I was born in 1961 and was 2 when William Hartnell first appeared. I do remember him. In particular the change to Patrick Troughton. I refer to myself as a 'follower' of Doctor Who rather than a Fan. I take great pleasure in having been bullied in the past for supporting Dr Who I can laugh and gloat that I am now part of the huge BBC flagship phenomenon that IS Doctor Who. 

How have you found the fan reactions to your character, and how does the impending prospect of convention appearances appeal to you?

The Fan reaction is very exciting and humbling at the same time. What really surprised is the immediate response to Dorium. Having only one scene with six lines initially, it is amazing how he caught everyone's imagination. Thankfully Steven Moffat loves Dorium too. 

The conventions have been frightening and thrilling. Those who know me will tell you I'm a bit of a gas bag, there is nothing more I enjoy than mixing with people having a good chin wag. I have broad interests and am happy to pontificate on anything for hours.....! The only practical downside of the conventions is fatigue. The hands can start to ache with all the handshaking but I am delighted to help fans enjoy their day.

Finally, if you could have one round trip in the TARDIS, anywhere in time and space, where would you go and why?

Rather than a Place or Time I would go on a mission. I would collect all the Deities from ALL Faiths, Galaxies and the known Universe, sit them down and say '...We Need To Talk.....!!!!'

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[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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2 June 2011

2|Entertain have confirmed via their @classicdw Twitter feed, that the missing episodes for the upcoming The Reign of Terror DVD release will be animated.

The news will be hugely welcomed from fans who have petitioned and indeed championed for further animated, missing episodes, since the popular release of The Invasion DVD in 2006. Big Finish's Thetamation have been confirmed as the animation parters.

2|Entertain's Commissioning Editor, Dan Hall, also uploaded an early test graphic [pictured right], representing how the animation will look.

It is yet to be confirmed whether any more missing episodes will be animated for other forthcoming releases.

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[Source: 2|Entertain]

2 June 2011

Planning permission has been sought by Cardiff Council for the construction of a 3000 sq metre building in Porth Teigr that will become the long-term home of the Doctor Who Experience when it relocates from London’s Olympia to Cardiff in 2012. 

Working closely in partnership with BBC Worldwide, the Council is progressing the feasibility of a commercial agreement that could bring this international attraction to the capital city of Wales in Spring 2012. In addition to submitting a planning application the council is carrying out ground investigations to establish substructure costs as part of the feasibility.

The Doctor Who Experience allows visitors to join the Doctor on a journey through time and space, combining a walk-through immersive adventure with the largest exhibition ever assembled of sets, props and memorabilia from the series.  It has been described by reviewers as “exhilarating”, “awe-inspiring” and “the hottest ticket in the Universe”.

BBC Worldwide announced in September 2010 that it intended to relocate the attraction in Cardiff during 2012, following consolidation of its previous Doctor Who exhibitions, including the closure of the former Doctor Who Exhibition in Cardiff’s Red Dragon Centre in March 2011.

The Experience boasts an array of incredible special effects, brand new filmed footage of Matt Smith as the Doctor, a recreation of the modern TARDIS and a breathtaking 3D finale.  The exhibition element includes items never publicly displayed before including original costumes, a full scale recreation of two iconic TARDIS sets from the eras of David Tennant and Peter Davison, and numerous monsters including several generations of The Daleks, Cybermen, Silurians, Ice Warriors, Zygons and the gigantic K-I robot.  The Doctor’s latest sinister adversaries from the current season – The Silence – are also on view.

Philip Murphy, Managing Director for Live Events at BBC Worldwide commented: “The Doctor Who Experience opened to tremendous critical and customer reviews.  Having a long-term home in a purpose-built facility in Cardiff will enable us to develop the Experience even further as the premier fan destination for Doctor Who.  We’ve worked very closely with Cardiff Council to bring the Experience to Cardiff, and we believe that it will draw fans to the Welsh capital from around the world”. 

Keith Jones, Director of BBC Cymru Wales, says: “Wales is the home of Doctor Who – our original made-in-Wales drama success story – so locating this fantastic experience in Cardiff Bay is a great development.  The show will have moved into its brand new production home at Roath Lock Studios by this time next year.  It’s therefore very exciting that around the same time audiences will be able to come and enjoy such a thrilling experience, within a stone’s throw of where the magic is made”.

Councillor Rodney Berman, Leader of Cardiff Council, said: “Cardiff is proud of being the home of Doctor Who which has undoubtedly helped raise the profile of the city. The new Doctor Who Experience coming to Cardiff Bay is a very exciting proposition and one that fans of the show are greatly looking forward to. This promises to be a great new attraction for the city with the added bonus of people being able to visit the Doctor Who Experience right next door to where the series is filmed.”

The Doctor Who Experience remains open at Olympia Two in London and tickets are currently available to book there through to 20th November 2011.  Further information about the closing date of the London run and the launch of The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff will be released after planning permission has been obtained.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

2 June 2011

Manufacturer: Big Finish Productions

Written By: Andrew Cartmel

RRP: £14.99

Release Date: 31st May 2011

Reviewed by: Matthew Davis for Doctor Who Online

Review Posted: 2nd June 2011

The Seventh Doctor is regarded as the most manipulative or Machiavellian of all the Doctor’s incarnations and that was the responsibility of Andrew Cartmel, who was script editor during Doctor Who’s last three seasons before it went off the air in 1989. So with the unproduced season 27 forming the basis of this latest series of Lost Stories, it is only right that Cartmel should be involved. Unfortunately, Crime of the Century isn’t as strong a story as you would hope from the man credited with laying down the legendary “Cartmel Masterplan”.

Our story begins in 1989 with Raine Creevy, daughter of cheeky chappie Marcus Creevy from the previous story Thin Ice. Raine is not only charming but an expert safecracker and Cat burglar. One night while trying to rob from a safe at a very fashionable house party in London, she finds something or rather someone inside it she hadn’t counted on; a strange little man from her distant past.

Meanwhile Ace has found herself in the remote Soviet republic of Kafiristan, where the local tribesmen are engaged in a rebellion against the Russian army. There she finds an old enemy and stories of demons hiding in the mountains.

It isn’t long before Raine and Ace find themselves knee deep in the Doctor’s mysterious plans which seem to have something to do with a high security vault on the Scottish border.

One of the strongest elements of this audio is the performances, particularly from Beth Chalmers as Raine. She is sassy, confident and a wonderful contrast to Ace, played superbly as always by Sophie Aldred. Sylvester McCoy, in an at times reduced role for the Doctor is particularly mysterious and the supporting cast all excel.

What lets this audio down somewhat is that it is not sure what tone it should be. The first three episodes contain some incredibly bleak and dark moments and then shifts rather suddenly into a baffling mix of absurd comedy, mostly from the story’s alien menace the Metatraxi. The questionably comic scene where the Doctor fixes their translators seems ill placed in a story which is laced with death.

The Doctor is once again back to his Machiavellian ways, effortlessly moving the people around him to achieve his aim, but throughout I found myself asking why? There doesn’t seem to be any real sense of peril in this story, more a series of often infuriatingly cryptic events which lead us to the climactic scene in the high security vault where the Doctor finally gets what he is after. There are some great moments. Raine’s introduction as a character is brilliantly achieved. Her first meeting with Ace and their subsequent sizing up of one another promises that sparks will fly in future stories.

Crime of the Century suffers by trying to be a loose sequel to Thin Ice, mostly in a couple of recurring characters and the Soviet connection.

Although the continuity is nice, I would’ve preferred a cleaner break from the previous story. Possessing a really good musical score and sound design, there are moments to enjoy in Crime of the Century and Cartmel does succeed in creating a believable and strong new companion for the Seventh Doctor, but overall I was hoping for just a little bit more.

2 June 2011

This weekend sees the Doctor Who mid-season finale, featuring Olivier Award-winning Actress, Frances Barber as the mysterious eye-patch lady. DWO caught up with Frances for a quick interview to discuss her character, her love for Doctor Who and saving President Kennedy:

We've seen you quite a bit in Doctor Who this season (albeit with fleeting appearances behind sliding panels in walls) but in this week's episode we will finally get to see a bit more of your mysterious character. How easy was it to get your head round the script when you first received it, and were you aware at the time that your character would be placed throughout the series?

I wasn't aware at the time that my character would be placed throughout the first part of Series 6. I knew I had some mysterious appearances from behind an equally mysterious hatch, but I didn't realise the ongoing arc of the storyline. As you know, its all very top secret at Doctor Who headquarters, which actually meant that I had the luxury of creating a character from the script and my own imagination.

How aware were you of Doctor Who growing up as a child? Did you watch it and were you a fan?

I have always loved Doctor Who...Tom Baker was my first very strong memory of a Doctor and Sylvester McCoy is a friend of mine. I have always wanted to be a part of it in any way, and I am absolutely delighted to be in this particular season.

You have had a long and varied career working in TV, Film and Theatre. Do you have a preference, and what do you hope for most when your agent gets in touch?

I don't have a preference with any of the various forms of acting in either film or theatre. I just choose whatever I think is the most interesting project.

You have great chemistry and indeed a great relationship with fellow Actor, Ian McKellen. Is it true he bought you a library? What is your favourite book of all time?

Ian gave some money to a charity in which he paid for a library in India to be built in my name. This often gets misrepresented. I don't live in a mansion! My favourite book of all time is The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Finally, if you could have one round trip in the TARDIS, anywhere in time and space, where would you go and why?

If I had one round trip in the TARDIS, I would like to be in the car when President Kennedy was shot, with a perfect view of who pulled the trigger! Then The Doctor could prevent it!

+  To read more DWO Interviews, check out the DWO Features section.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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31 May 2011

Radio Times have launched another issue of their popular magazine, sporting a Doctor Who cover, this time to promote the 2011 Mid-season finale.

In this week’s Radio Times – on sale today – when asked if the Doctor will face his most dastardly opponents again, Steven Moffat says:

“Oh yes, the Daleks. Actually, they aren’t going to make an appearance for a while.” What? “Yes, we thought it was about time to give them a rest. There’s a problem with the Daleks.” How come? I thought they were invincible. “They are the most famous of the Doctor’s adversaries and the most frequent,” explains Moffat. “Which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe. They have been defeated by the Doctor about 400 times. Surely they should just see the Tardis approaching, say, ‘Oh. It’s him again’, and trudge away.”

+  Radio Times is out Today, priced £1.20.

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[Source: Radio Times]

31 May 2011

The Daleks are to be given "a rest" from battling Doctor Who, writer Steven Moffat has told the Radio Times.

Moffat, who is also the BBC television show's executive producer, said: "They aren't going to make an appearance for a while. We thought it was about time to give them a rest."

The Daleks were voted the scariest villains in the history of Doctor Who in a poll of fans in 2007.

Moffat said they had been defeated by the Doctor "about 400 times".

Created by Terry Nation, the Daleks are the Doctor's hugely popular enemies who have made regular appearances in the long-running science fiction show since first appearing in 1963.

Moffat said: "There's a problem with the Daleks. They are the most famous of the Doctor's adversaries and the most frequent, which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe."

Recent episodes of the show, which stars Matt Smith as the timelord, have been criticised for being "too scary for children".

But Moffat said: "It is horror, but horror for children. It's scary in the way that a fairy story can be scary."

[Source: BBC News]

30 May 2011

The final BARB viewing figures are in for 6.5: The Rebel Flesh.

The episode achieved a final figure of 7.35m viewers, with an audience share of 34.1% (comparing to the 5.7m 29.3% Overnights). This is a time shift of +1.65m.

6.5: The Rebel Flesh also achieved an Appreciation Index rating of 85.

What did you think of the episode? - Rate / Discuss in the DWO Forums!

[Source: Andy Parish]

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