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11 September 2011

The final BARB viewing figures are in for 6.9: Night Terrors.

The episode achieved a final figure of 7.07m viewers, with an audience share of 29.8%. This is compared to the overnight's which reached 5.5m viewers, with an audience share of 25.9%, 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]

11 September 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.10: The Girl Who Waited.

The episode achieved a figure of 6.0m viewers, with an audience share of 26.8%, and Doctor Who was the third most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 10th September:

1 - 10.6 - (43.6%) - The X Factor - 20:15 - ITV 1

2 - 7.6 - (37.3%) - Strictly Come Dacing - 18:15 - BBC One

3 - 6.0 - (26.8%) - Doctor Who - 19:15 - BBC One

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

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

[Source: Andy Parish]

9 September 2011

DWO have seen 6.10: The Girl Who Waited and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

Tom MacRae takes time travel to a whole new level in this weeks episode of Doctor Who, 6.10: The Girl Who Waited.

The TARDIS team arrive in a futuristic alien healthcare clinic, called the Twostreams Facility. Within minutes Amy gets separated from The Doctor and Rory, and so begins a thoroughly entertaining 40 minutes of trying to find and rescue her.

Unlike some of the other stories from this season, this isn't a laugh-a-miniute adventure, as we discover the consequences of choices (a theme that has been concurrent throughout Series Six), in a new, beautifully written way. That's not to say there isn't humour, however, as MacRae uses it sparingly but with bullseye accuracy.

Although The Doctor and Rory do feature in the adventure, it does feel quite Amy-heavy - and quite right too. Karen Gillan really gets something to sink her teeth into here with the opportunity of playing a totally different facet to her character. For the most part she delivers, but there are moments when the delivery isn't as genuine as it could be.

The Handbots featured in this episode, are perhaps the nicest killer robots in Doctor Who history ever, as they quite simply kill you with kindness. The threat of someone or something hunting you down, is a winning concept, and one that is put to great use in The Girl Who Waited. It sits there in the background, and you can't help feeling the inevitability of a showdown at the end. 

This is truly a great story, with an ingenious take on a concept that has already been worked with on so many levels in Doctor Who. There are some fantastic sets and visuals with the garden scenes particularly worthy of note, all of which help compliment the script. It makes you wonder why Tom MacRae's absence since Series 2 has been allowed to happen, as he clearly deserves a place in every season going forward.

Five things to look out for...

1) Forgetting your camera phone can have disastrous consequences.

2) Green Anchor or Red Waterfall?

3) Don't touch the hand!

4) Possibly the world's largest handheld magnifying glass.

5) Samurai Amy.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

6 September 2011

Fandom features website Hypable have been in touch regarding their latest interview with Doctor Who Director, Peter Hoar.

Nicholas Myers (NM) -  Now that Doctor Who has been renewed for another series, would you like to return as to direct another episode? Have you been asked already?

Peter Hoar (PH) – I haven’t been asked as yet but wouldn’t turn down a great offer!

NM – How much did you know about River in order to gauge a feel for how best to deliver the ending? Did Steven inform you of anything prior to filming that we don’t know?

PH – Steven tells us only what’s in the script. I had no idea for example of the recent developments in ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’. And that’s the truth!

NM – This episode featured quite a cliff-hanger. What is your all-time favourite Doctor Who cliff-hanger?

PH – Sarah Jane being left behind at the end of Hand of Fear or Tegan being left behind at the end of Time Flight.. Maybe there’s a pattern here…

+  Read the full interview with Peter Hoar at Hypable!

[Source: Hypable]

4 September 2011

The final BARB viewing figures are in for 6.8: Let's Kill Hitler.

The episode achieved a final figure of 8.10m viewers, with an audience share of 33.3%. This is compared to the overnight's which reached 6.2m viewers, with an audience share of 28.7%, meaning a total time shift of +1.9m viewers - one of the largest the show has ever had!

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

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

[Source: Andy Parish]

4 September 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.9: Night Terrors.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.5m viewers, with an audience share of 25.9%, and Doctor Who was the fourth most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 3rd September:

1 - 11.1 - (43.4%) - The X Factor - 20:15 - ITV 1

2 - 7.2 - (30.1%) - Red or Black? - 21:15 - ITV 1

3 - 6.6 - (29.9%) - Red or Black? - 19:00 - ITV 1

4 - 5.5 - (25.9%) - Doctor Who - 19:00 - BBC One

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

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

[Source: Andy Parish]

2 September 2011

Radio Times have confirmed that Imelda Staunton will be lending her vocal talents to the role of 'Voice of Interface' in 6.10: The Girl Who Waited.

BAFTA award-winning actress, Imelda, will be best known to cult fans for her role in the Harry Potter movies as Professor Dolores Umbridge.

In other casting news, the synopsis for the Series 6: Part 2 DVD confirms that Simon Callow (Charles Dickens in the Series One episode The Unquiet Dead), will be in the final episode of the season 6.13: The Wedding of River Song. The synopsis also confirms rumours that Mark Gatiss (New Series Writer & Professor Richard Lazarus in 3.6: The Lazarus Experiment), will also appear in the finale.

It is unknown at this point, which character he will be playing, but we cannot rule out a return to the role as Charles Dickens.

[Sources: Radio Times; 2|Entertain]

2 September 2011

DWO have seen 6.9: Night Terrors and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

Leaving behind the series story arc for the time being, Night Terrors delivers a welcome change in style, pace and tone as Mark Gatiss offers up his fourth Doctor Who script, which is arguably one of his finest.

The story focuses on an 8-year old George, who is so terrified by the Monsters in his bedroom that he cannot sleep at night. His parents cannot help him, and so The Doctor comes to the rescue - making his first house call in a long time.

But there's more to George than meets the eye, as the mystery of what lurks in his wardrobe reaches a spine-tingling conclusion. Thus ensues a dark, creepy adventure that transports the TARDIS crew to a creaky old house with dolls that hunt you down and…well…that would be telling…

This could have quite easily been a companion-lite story like 2008's Midnight, but Gatiss puts both Amy and Rory to good use here, even allowing for a little character development along the way.

The star of the show, however, is young George, played by Jamie Oram. A terrific piece of casting that holds the whole story together due to conviction and belief.

Daniel Mays (Atonement; Ashes to Ashes) also sparkles, showing a more tender side to characters he has previously played on Film and TV.

There's something for both kids and adults in Night Terrors, with some particularly adult themes explored, including, for the first time in Doctor Who, IVF!

A few of the scenes in the flat share some similarities to 2010's The Lodger, owing to the almost surreal placement of The Doctor in a socially normal setting, but thankfully there's enough going on without it seeming too simulative or cliche.

There's also some great original scoring from Murray Gold, who portrays the seemingly mundane council setting with lazy clarinets and sweeping harps that give an almost Tim Burton-esque feel to the whole adventure.

Overall, Night Terrors is a very different story to anything in the Matt Smith era thus far. It isn't a 'classic' by any means, but thanks to a great plot and supporting cast, it will stand out as one of the more memorable episodes from an already strong season.

Five things to look out for...

1) The lift from hell.

2) Don't take the rubbish out alone!

3) "The Emperor Dalek's New Clothes", "Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday".

4) A giant pair of scissors.

5) "Tick-Tock goes the clock, even for The Doctor".

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

1 September 2011

AOL have recently added an interview with Steven Moffat looking at his tenure on Doctor Who, River Song and iconic villains (to name just a few topics).

I'm really interested in an idea you've been exploring this season, that the Doctor's past choices and actions -- all these things are coming home to roost for him. Was that always where you wanted to take the show or the character, or was this something that came to mind after your first season on the show?

I think there's just some weird thing that happens with a character like the Doctor. When you bring him back in 2005, he's the lone drifter that no one's ever heard of, but gradually and inevitably, he becomes the greatest hero in the universe. He can stand up in the center of Stonehenge and say, "Come on, do you think you're hard enough?"

And what does the man who just wants to be a drifter, who just wants to just knock around a bit, think about that? And I think within the mad, mad, mad world of 'Doctor Who,' it's not an incredible development that, of course, the Daleks would be sort of wetting themselves when he turns up. Of course, he'd become a legend. Of course, all of those things would be happening.

But why would he be comfortable with that? And you know, he actually abuses this to some degree in [the mid-season finale] 'A Good Man Goes to War,' he abuses the power of it and starts calling in favors and it doesn't work out for him. So that's interesting.

I'm interested in the conception of the River Song story. In 'Silence in the Library,' did you already know she was going to be the daughter of a companion?

Oh no, no. I mean, it was one possible theory. Why is it somebody who's got such connections, who would that be? Is it just a future companion? What if it's somebody's got a lifelong commitment to the Doctor or his companion? So when I introduced Amy, I kept my options open [and used the name Pond]. I thought I was doing [the name thing] in plain sight and nobody [caught] it for a long while. But I didn't know at the time Karen was going to stay long enough for that story to come off. I didn't know if Alex would keep coming back.

So Plan A held, but there were other ones, including the [Plan B] that maybe River never came back at all and you could just imagine that she knows the 59th Doctor in the far future.

+  Read the full interview at AOL TV.

[Source: AOL TV]

28 August 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.8: Let's Kill Hitler.

The episode achieved a figure of 6.2m viewers, with an audience share of 28.7%, and Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 27th August:

1 - 10.6 - (42.8%) - The X Factor - 20:00 - ITV 1

2 - 6.2 - (28.7%) - Doctor Who - 19:15 - BBC One

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

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

[Source: Andy Parish]

26 August 2011

Radio Times have printed Steven Moffat's guide to the rest of Series 6, complete with all episode titles.

Episode 8: Let's Kill Hitler

Written by Steven Moffat

Amy and Rory have waited a long time for news of their daughter. Too long. But when they summon The Doctor, the consequence will change all their lives. The TARDIS crashes into Belin in the 1930's and they find themselves face to face not only with Hitler, but with a unique assassin from the distant future - and that's only the beginning. In the Fuhrer's office, at the heart of the Third Reich, The Doctor is in for one of the biggest shocks of his very long life...

Episode 9: Night Terrors

Written by Mark Gatiss

Horror in Doctor Who comes in many forms and many places, and a cry of distress reaches the TARDIS from the darkest and scariest place in universe. But where is it exactly? This story began with Mark Gatiss and me chatting on the set of Sherlock. "I'd like to do scary," he said. "Do you know where the scariest place in the universe is?" I've known Mark for a while. If he's decided to tell me where the scariest place in the universe is, I'd better listen. "Where?" I quavered from behind my rapid-deployment Doctor Who fear sofa. "A child's bedroom" he answered.

Parents of Britain - sorry, and good luck!

Episode 10: The Girl Who Waited

Written by Tom MacRae

Time Travel is more than just an element of Doctor Who - it's one of the main characters. I'm going to boast now and say that Tom MacRae's stylish and moving script is one of the best uses of time travel in any story anywhere - mind-blowing and heart-breaking in every twist and turn. The Doctor has been in Amy and Rory's life for a long while now - far longer than he ever intended. What if something were to go wrong?

When they step from the TARDIS into a strange white waiting room, they're all about to learn just how wrong time travel can go...

Episode 11: The God Complex

Written by Toby Whithouse

The brief to brilliant writer Toby Whithouse was just this - a hotel: make a hotel scary. All those corridors, all those identical rooms, those bleak and soulless bars and waiting rooms, that tinkling musak - surely all that was made for Doctor Who, where the scariest things of all come bleeding through the ordinary world.

If you've seen Toby's wonderful Being human, you've probably already decided he's a sick and twisted man. Doctor Who is delighted to confirm this simple truth for a BBC1 audience. (Oh, and do you have a ventriloquist dummy lurking somewhere in your house? Just asking, no reason...).

Episode 12: Closing Time

Written by Gareth Roberts

The Lodger was a surprise hit of last year's Doctor Who. It was a simple tale of a barmy Time Lord in a flatshare with a nice man called Craig. Except when you say one them's Matt Smith and the other is James Corden, then frankly you've got enough going on for a whole other series. I leapt at the chance of a sequel and writer Gareth Roberts leapt at the chance to take up his story again.

Events have moved on in Craig's life when The Doctor turns up on his doorstep for a second time; there's a terrible alien threat, of course, but never mind that - dear God, there's a BABY!

Episode 13: The Wedding of River Song

Written by Steven Moffat

"I don't want to marry you."

"I don't want to murder you."

And here it is at last - the episode with all the answers, as The Doctor journeys to Lake Silencio for his date with destiny. While I was writing this, my wife asked me, "What happens?" and when I frownedm and pondered my answer, she hurriedly added, "In one sentence. Quite a short one." I thought a moment and said, "The Doctor goes to his certain death - and it doesn't work out as well as he'd expected."

So welcome to what is, without doubt or serious competition, the wedding of the year! Wary reports indicate that it could make On Her Majesty's Secret Service look like a fairly successful honeymoon...

+ Buy this issue of Radio Times from CompareTheDalek.com.

[Source: Radio Times]

26 August 2011

DWO have seen 6.8: Let's Kill Hitler and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

It's been a nail-biting twelve weeks since we last saw new adventures of Doctor Who, and who could forget that jaw-droppingly awesome cliffhanger!? 

Let's Kill Hitler picks things up some time after the events of A Good Man Goes to War, with Amy and Rory trying to get The Doctor's attention, in a great situation reversal to the Series 6 season opener.

The Doctor is still looking for Melody Pond as all three of the TARDIS team get ready for the shock of their lives…in a corn field!!!

The episode feels quite filmic in places, and there's some fantastic direction that helps make use of the comedic scenes to full effect. The Doctor, Amy and Rory, (or rather Matt, Karen and Arthur) work so well together, and their unit makes for one of the best TARDIS crew combinations that the show has ever seen.

Those of you expecting the story to be an all-out World War II extravaganza, may be a little disappointed. Sure we get Hitler, and some great scenes involving Germany on the brink of War, but the real focus of this episode is River Song.

We get even more pay-off for the arc that has spanned the past couple of seasons, with a few more questions raised, which will hopefully be answered before the end of Series 6.

With another episode due from the show runner himself this season, Steven Moffat is showing no signs of tiring with either his cleverly imaginative story-writing or his love for the characters he has created.

Expect some new characters too. Mels, played by Nina Toussaint-White, shines in all of her scenes, which lift the lid on some clever background information from Amy and Rory's past, present and future. We also get to see a new organisation within the show, in the form of 'The Justice Department' - without giving too much away, you can't help feeling this is a new element to watch with great interest.

A final point worthy of note in this story is composer Murray Gold who provides a tremendous score for Let's Kill Hitler, which helps round off one of the strongest episodes in the season so far.

Five things to look out for...

1) A clever use for crop circles.

2) "Shut up ___, I'm focusing on a dress size"

3) "Guilt. Also Guilt. More Guilt"

4) A Sherlock-esque scene involving River and The Doctor.

5) We get to see the return of a certain blue diary.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

25 July 2011

The BBC America Doctor Who website have added a new promotional picture for the second half of Series 6.

The image, which features The Doctor in a brand new coat, appears to have an Egyptian feel, and also fetures River Song, Amy and Rory.

+  Series 6: Part 2 begins on Saturday 27th August on BBC One & BBC America.

[Source: BBC America Doctor Who website]

25 July 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have published a brief guide to the rest of Series Six of Doctor Who.

The guide (which also reveals the title for episode ten: 6.10: The Girl Who Waited), is printed below, courtesy of the BBC Doctor Who website:

Episode 8: Let's Kill Hitler

Written by Steven Moffat

The gang's all back! The Doctor, Amy, River and Rory return in what promises to be an action-packed belter of an adventure. So far the following details have emerged:

'In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in 1930s Berlin, bringing the Doctor face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler. The Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities - and in so doing, learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.

We also know it features Albert Welling as Hitler and is directed by Richard Senior, previously at the helm for Time and Space plus the Doctor Who pre-title sequence for this year's NTA awards.

Episode 9: Night Terrors

Written by Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss has previously written spooky episodes including The Unquiet Dead and The Idiot's Lantern, but he promises that Night Terrors features some of the scariest moments he's ever dreamt up! The adventure has a modern day setting and features a little boy who has a fear of something... Can the Doctor help him?

Episode 10: The Girl Who Waited

Written by Tom MacRae

Tom MacRae's previous credits include The Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel plus the critically acclaimed The Crash of the Elysium. This is his first television adventure for the Eleventh Doctor and it's directed by Nick Hurran who was recently at the helm for the updated version of the cult classic, The Prisoner.

Episode 11: The God Complex

Written by Toby Whithouse

We know the adventure is set in a hotel and features an alien called Gibbis played by David Walliams. Again, the episode is directed by Nick Hurran and as writer Toby Whithouse was behind School Reunion and The Vampires of Venice, we know we've got something special to look forward to!

Episode 12

Written by Gareth Roberts

Craig Owens is back! The popular character from last year's The Lodger returns and judging from the trailer for eps 8-13 he's getting closer than ever to the Doctor! The adventure is written by Gareth Roberts whose credits include Attack of the Graske, The Unicorn and the Wasp and, of course, The Lodger.

Episode 13

Written by Steven Moffat

The big finale! This one remains shrouded in mystery but Karen Gillan has promised us that the series will contain 'possibly the biggest twist so far'... Is it possible that this is the adventure that delivers it? Steven Moffat penned last year's incredible finale but it's probable that this adventure will conclude the series with a bigger bang than ever!

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

25 July 2011

The BBC have now released two trailers for the forthcoming second part of Series 6 of Doctor Who.

The first trailer is for Episodes 8-13, and the second is for Episode 11. Information has now filtered through to us that the start date for the second half of the season will be Saturday 27th August 2011, for both BBC One and BBC America.

Trailer 1 - Episodes 8-13:

Trailer 2 - Episode 11: The God Complex:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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