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31 October 2011

It's taken a while for these to surface, but way back when the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who was coming to an end, the cast and crew got together to produce some fun videos to mark their time on the show, which were shown at the wrap party.

Two of these videos have now appeared online which we can include for your viewing pleasure below.

The first video stars David Tennant and the cast and crew performing '500 Miles' by The Proclaimers:

Ths second video features John Barrowman, David Tennant and Catherine Tate singing an RTD / Julie Gardener themed version of 'Let's Do It Tonight' entitled 'The Ballad of Russell & Julie':

How fantastic were they?! Don't forget to leave your feedback on the DWO YouTube Channel comments page for each of the videos.

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[Source: YouTube]

28 October 2011

The campaign to save Doctor Who Confidential, which was recently axed by the BBC is doing exceptionally well with over 50,000+ fans having now signed the online petition!

As of 2:00pm today, the petition has achieved 51,539 signatures and at the end of the day a total count will be sent to the BBC Trust.

Did you know, if the campaign achieves just 49,000+ more signatures, the matter has to be discussed by UK parliament. Hopefully those involved at axing the show will see sense before then, but in the meantime a huge thanks needs to go out to the @SaveDWC team as well as each and every fan who has signed the petition.

Get involved and help Save Doctor Who Confidential!:

+  Send a complaint to the BBC regarding the cancellation of Doctor Who Confidential!

+  Sign the online petition, which currently has over 15,000+ signatures!

+  Follow the @SaveDWC Twitter account!

[Source: DWO]

27 October 2011

The BBC Press Office has confirmed that this year's Children In Need BBC One schedule will include a sneak peak at the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

It is not yet known exactly what the sneak peek will include, but it is likely to be the first minute or two of the, as yet untitled, Christmas Special.

The Children In Need television appeal begins on BBC One on Friday 17th November 2011.

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[Source: BBC Press Office]

15 October 2011

Thursday saw the launch of BBC Books The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012, and lurking within the (completely awesome) 164 pages of Doctor Who goodness, lies a wonderful interview with showrunner, Steven Moffat, who goes on to talk about the 2013 series.

Speaking to renowned interviewer, Benjamin Cook, Moffat describes the anniversary year in one word: "Scale".

...And then a few more words: "Epic, huge, massive, indulgent... all your treats at once. The BBC is committed to the 50th anniversary, everyone is committed to it... and I guarantee you it's going to be the best year ever to be a Doctor Who fan. We're going to be in production for longer than ever, just to do everything that we intend to do".

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[Source: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012]

3 October 2011

The BBC has announced that a new Doctor Who Adventure Game – The Gunpowder Plot – will be available to download via the Doctor Who website from 31st October 2011.

The Doctor Who Adventure Game: The Gunpowder Plot features a star-studded cast, including Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Ralf Little as Guy Fawkes, Phil Daniels as Town Crier, Emilia Fox as the 14th Plotter and CBBC presenter Chris Johnson as Barnaby. It will offer players a unique experience of one of the most important and memorable moments in British history.

Ralf Little, who plays Guy Fawkes in the game, says: "It is a way of bringing the story alive to, probably, millions of kids who are aware of the name Guy Fawkes because of November the 5th, but not actually really understand what the historical significance is behind it."

Written by Phil Ford, voice directed by Gary Russell and produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and the games industry, the Adventure Game was executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden, alongside Charles Cecil, one of video gaming's most revered creators. The game is being developed by independent UK game development studio Sumo Digital Ltd.

Commissioned by Victoria Jaye, Head of IPTV and TV Online Content, BBC Vision – in collaboration with Controller of BBC Learning, Saul Nassé – the game provides audiences with a unique way to learn about one of the most significant periods in British history, through an interactive experience of one of the UK's best-loved programmes. The last four-game series, released in 2010, exceeded all expectations with more than 2.8m downloads requested so far.

Victoria Jaye says: "We're always looking at ways to bring Doctor Who stories to life for the audience beyond broadcast television, seizing the creative potential of digital platforms to delight fans with new ways to engage with characters and story worlds."

The game will be available for UK households on PC and Mac as a free download from the Doctor Who website.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

29 September 2011

Yesterday was a dark day for Doctor Who fans, as news came in about the cancellation of Doctor Who companion series, Doctor Who Confidential.

Since that news, all corners of the internet have come together to show their support by signing online petitions, tweeting and emailing their concerns to the BBC.

Some of the older fans are particularly passionate to this campaign due to poignant memories of the cancellation of Doctor Who back in 1989, and with even more fans of the show now, the question remains if enough support can actually save the companion show?

Details have emerged today that the BBC have received over 1,100 complaints regarding Doctor Who Confidential's cancellation, with confimation being posted on the show's official Facebook page.

This Saturday will be the last episode of Doctor Who Confidential for the forseeable future, but you can do your part to show your support for the show using any one (or all) of the options below:

+  Send a complaint to the BBC regarding the cancellation of Doctor Who Confidential!

+  Sign the online petition, which currently has over 15,000+ signatures!

+  Follow the @SaveDWC Twitter account!

There is no guarantee that any of the above will ensure the safety of the show, but any show of support is a step in the right direction. With enough fans on board, who knows what could happen?!

[Source: DWO]

28 September 2011

The BBC is to axe Doctor Who Confidential, the BBC3 spin-off from its sci-fi drama, as part of the corporation's ongoing cuts programme.

Doctor Who Confidential, which features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Doctor Who as well as interviews with the cast and crew, has aired in an early evening slot on BBC3 since 2005, when the corporation revived the main series with Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Time Lord.

However, with the corporation facing budget cuts of up to 20% across its output as part of its Delivering Quality First initiative, BBC controller Zai Bennett has chosen to axe the show at the end of its current series.

Bennett is understood to be pursuing a strategy of focusing investment on original commissions in post-watershed time slots. Since taking over, he has decommissioned shows including Ideal, Hotter Than My Daughter, Coming of Age and long-running sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Speaking last month at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Bennett said: "It's about focusing my budget on 9pm and 10.30pm; those are the time slots that count. Budgets are tight, so we have to be sensible with the money we have."

Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, will unveil the corporation's cost-cutting strategy – the outcome of the DQF process – on 6th October. It is thought to include proposals to exploit greater "synergies" between BBC1 and BBC3, with the digital channel acting as a "nursery slope" for its terrestrial cousin. BBC3 will also fill a greater proportion of its 7pm to 9pm slots with repeats of BBC1 shows.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Doctor Who Confidential has been a great show for BBC3 over the years but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel."

DWO have been contactd by a fan who has started a campaign via Twitter to save the show, you can follow @SaveDWC here.

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[Source: The Guardian]

26 September 2011

The final BARB viewing figures are in for 6.11: The God Complex.

The episode achieved a final figure of 6.77m viewers, with an audience share of 28.3%. This is compared to the overnight's which reached 5.2m viewers, with an audience share of 23.8%, meaning a total time shift of +1.57m viewers.

Figures do not include BBC iPlayer downloads for this episode, which have nearly a million downloads so far.

The episode also achieved an AI score of 86.

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[Source: Andy Parish]

25 September 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.12: Closing Time.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.3m viewers, with an audience share of 24.6%, and Doctor Who was the third most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 24th September:

1 - 10.0 - (43.0%) - The X Factor - 20:00 - ITV 1

2 - 5.6 - (26.7%) - All Star Family Fortunes - 18:45 - ITV 1

3 - 5.3 - (24.6%) - Doctor Who - 19:10 - BBC One

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

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[Source: Andy Parish]

25 September 2011

The BBC have released a prequel clip for 6.13: The Wedding of River Song:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

23 September 2011

After this years Christmas Special, Doctor Who will return in the Autumn of 2012, Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed.

At the time of writing it is as yet uknown whether it will be a full run of the already commissioned 14 x episodes in 2012, or whether there will be a split season again, with more episodes airing in early 2013.

Some sources suggest there could be 6 epsiodes in the Spring of 2013 in addition to specials and another run of episodes in the Autumn of 2013, but nothing has been confirmed by the BBC.

DWO will keep you posted as soon as we have further information.

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[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

21 September 2011

Production has started on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, commented:

"The Doctor at Christmas - nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it's so his kind of day - everything's bright and shiny, everybody's having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith's is the one that was born for this time of year - so it's the best news possible that he's heading back down the chimney."

The special, set during World War II, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts...

Claire Skinner said: "I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge who is a bit of super-mum. It's a magical part."

This marks Matt Smith's second outing as the Doctor at Christmas time and will follow hot on the heels of the successful 2011 series, currently airing on BBC One until October.

The Christmas special was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama and Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One. Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger and Caroline Skinner, also executive producing.

Filming on the Christmas special will continue until mid October 2011.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

20 September 2011

DWO have seen 6.12: Closing Time and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

After the heady heights of last weeks Doctor Who episode (The God Complex), it was inevitable that this weeks story would have a lot to live up to. But with a certain Mr.Gareth Roberts taking up the challenge of writing this penultimate episode of Series Six, Closing Time not only lives up - it breathes!

It's been 200 years since the events of The God Complex, and The Doctor has been off having adventures of his own. Time, though, has caught up with him, and now he pays one last visit to his friend, Craig Owens. Craig has been busy too since he last saw the Doctor - he's a dad!

It's no secret that the Cybermen are back in this episode, and they've brought an old friend with them. As people start going missing, it's up to The Doctor...and Craig to get to the bottom of things.

Closing Time has a wonderful sense of nostalgia about it, harking back to some of the 1960's Cybermen stories. It has that wonderful sense of danger lurking in the background - you know who it is, but you're on the edge of your seat waiting for their arrival and, more importantly, their purpose.

Roberts has most definitely delivered his finest script here. There's so much for fans to love, from the awesome chemistry between The Doctor and Craig, to the laugh out loud one-liners, right through to another particularly memorable scene at the end of the episode.

Director, Steve Hughes does a fantastic job matching the light and dark notes of the script with flair, whilst using lighting and camera angles to full potential and effect. Once more, Murray Gold deserves a look-in owing to his excellent scoring within the adventure, tempering the moods to perfection.

Everything just works in this episode. Ok, it may not be as serious as some of the other stories this season has to offer, but then again, it doesn't pretend to be. This is about The Doctor having a bit of fun before his inevitable demise on the shores of Lake Silencio.

With so many different elements pulling together and working harmoniously, you will be reaching for the rewind button as soon as the episode has finished to relive what proves to be one of the finest new-who episodes to date.

Five things to look out for...

1) "you've redecorated, I don't like it".

2) Stormageddon.

3) "Shhhhh!".

4) Petrichor.

5) Don't turn around!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

18 September 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.11: The God Complex.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.2m viewers, with an audience share of 23.8%, and Doctor Who was the third most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 10th September:

1 - 10.8 - (44.5%) - The X Factor - 20:00 - ITV 1

2 - 5.3 - (24.6%) - All Star Family Fortunes - 19:00 - ITV 1

3 - 5.2 - (23.8%) - Doctor Who - 19:10 - BBC One

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

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[Source: Andy Parish]

12 September 2011

DWO have seen 6.11: The God Complex and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

The God Complex is one of the most grown-up Doctor Who stories to date, quite literally taking the word complex and running with it.

It forms an important part of a season that has forced the viewer to evolve with a new, more intelligent way of story-telling. A way that pays the loyal and casual viewer in dividends...as long as you stick with it, and pay attention.

The adventure kicks off with the TARDIS team arriving in an alien hotel, where everything is not as it seems, where nightmares come true, and where a mysterious creature hunts its prey in the maze-like corridors.

Emotions run high at various points throughout this episode, and by the end you will feel quite drained (in a good way) - one particular scene springs to mind that's totally unexpected, totally genius, and utterly heart-breaking - made even more poignant thanks to a perfectly placed piece of scoring from Murray Gold.

Writer, Toby Whithouse, once again pulls out all the stops and raises the stakes on both his previous Doctor Who outings and the momentum of the series so far. His scripts are incredibly distinctive whilst having the ability to slot in seamlessly with Moffat's tone for the season.

There are some great moments too for Classic Series fans, as well as fans who have watched the New Series of Doctor Who from the beginning. Subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the past make the viewer feel like they are part of this ever-growing show that's constantly changing and evolving.

This is Doctor Who at its very best. Surely it can't get better than this...can it?

Five things to look out for...

1) Cat Nun!

2) The Doctor has a degree in cheese-making!

3) Angry Doctor!

4) Nimon!

5) The Doctor finally gives Amy a key!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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