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1 April 2011

BBC America have uploaded a new trailer promoting Series 6 of Doctor Who, which you can now watch below:

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[Source: BBC America]

30 March 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have now uploaded the full trailer for Series 6 of Doctor Who:

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[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

29 March 2011

To herald the new series of Doctor Who, BBC Learning and Doctor Who Confidential today announced Script To Screen, an exciting competition that will give one lucky team of school children the chance to write their own Doctor Who mini-adventure starring the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.

To win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, school children aged 9 to 11 years will be encouraged to collaborate on a three-minute script that takes the resident Time Lord on a new quest travelling through space and time inside the TARDIS.

The lucky winners will travel to the BBC's studios in Cardiff where they will see their script brought to life by the Doctor Who team and cast, including Matt Smith.

Doctor Who Confidential will also be on hand to take viewers behind the scenes to show how the script gets developed from paper to television screen – from the first script meeting, a cast read-through, on-set filming... all the way to the final edit.

Saul Nassé, Controller of BBC Learning, said: "Doctor Who is loved by children across the UK, and I can think of no better programme to inspire the next generation of story tellers.

"The Script to Screen competition is a fantastic way for children to learn new writing skills, whether or not they are winners. We are delighted that the stellar cast and crew of Doctor Who are on board for this journey of learning through time and space."

Children can be as creative and imaginative as they like in order to put together a story that's filled with all the excitement and adventure of the popular BBC One sci-fi drama.

The action-packed script must feature Matt Smith and can include one of four fearsome monsters/aliens from the show: Ood, Judoon, Cyberman or Weeping Angel, as well as a brand new human character to test the wits of the Doctor.

Tailored learning resources will be available on the BBC Learning website to help guide teachers and pupils through the process.

BAFTA winner and head writer at Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, will also offer his expert advice and helpful tips on how to pull together a stand-out script with memorable characters.

Steven Moffat said: "Doctor Who made me want to write. It made me fall in love in television, script-writing and storytelling, and led me by the hand to the best job in the world. It also made me want to defend the Earth from aliens but that hasn't come up so often.

"I know the power this show has to set young imaginations alight, because I've lived it, so I'm incredibly excited to be involved in this project. Plus it's never too early to start looking for your replacement."

The winning script will be chosen by Steven Moffat, Saul Nassé and executive producers of Doctor Who, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

28 March 2011

The SFX website has unveiled the title for Episode 4 of Series 6 of Doctor Who.

The episode, written by Neil Gaiman, is now confirmed as 6.4: The Doctor's Wife.

New Series Producer, Marcus Wilson, says on the episode:

“It’s an episode that involves quite a big sprawl, huge alien world locations and a new take on a familiar character, which required a lot of work. It’s a big episode, but I think it’ll be one the fans will love. It’s a real love letter to the fans.”

[Source: SFX]

26 March 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have uploaded a new promotional image for Series 6 of Doctor Who.

The image shows Amy, The Doctor and Rory reflected in an Astronauts helmet - a theme that has been running throughout this week's promos on the BBC Doctor Who website.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

25 March 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have now uploaded a prequel video for 6.1: The Impossible Astronaut.

The two-minute clip features non other than President Nixon in the Oval Office, and introduces us to the new threat that The Doctor will be facing in the episodes to come.

Watch the clip below:

Stay tuned as the BBC Doctor Who site have confirmed that a new promo image will be released at 12:01am Tonight!

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

23 March 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website have uploaded a 15-second teaser trailer for Series 6 of Doctor Who.

The teaser, which can be seen below, features The Doctor, reflected through an astronaut's helmet as it approaches the TARDIS. Further teasers will begin airing on the BBC channels from 9pm this evening.

As well as the teaser, the BBC Doctor Who site have also uploaded a teaser trailer for the upcoming prequel to 6.1: The Impossible Astronaut (below), which can be seen on the site from 4pm on Friday:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

20 March 2011

Matt Smith has no plans to leave Doctor Who as he reveals he is going back to film the 2012 series.

It has previously been reported that the quirky actor was planning to leave the hit sci-fi show after the upcoming series airs on BBC this spring, however in an interview with The Daily Telegraph the star has insisted that he doesn’t want to ‘give it up anytime soon.’

“I’m going back this year,” he said. “I guess [I'll] get another one out the way, see what everyone thinks of that. I love doing it, I don’t want to give it up anytime soon, put it that way.”

Smith also confessed that he was terrified about his debut on the show last year, because he wasn’t sure fans would accept him as David Tennant’s successor.

“Before that came out, I didn’t know if people were going to hurl tomatoes at me,” he said. “I had no idea. But then I suppose every actor goes through that period of, ‘Like me! Like me!’ That’s part of being an artist, I think.”

[Sources: Unreality TV; The Daily Telegraph]

19 March 2011

The BBC have added the 2 mini Comic Relief Doctor Who episodes to their YouTube Channel, which DWO have embedded below:

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Although the fundraising evening is now over, your donations are still needed. Remember that these episodes were made especially for the Comic Relief cause in the hope that us fans can get involved and help make a difference. To give you an idea of what your money can do we have included some examples below:

£5 - could pay for a mosquito net to protect a mother and child from potentially fatal mosquito bites that spread malaria.

£10 - could pay for 12 children to be tested for malaria so they can get a quick diagnosis and receive lifesaving treatment.

£30 - could pay for three people caring for loved ones with dementia to attend a support group to help them feel less alone.

£50 - could provide 40 children with severe malaria in Uganda access to the vital drugs needed to help them survive long enough to get to hospital.

£150 - could pay for a child in Kenya to have an operation that removes cataracts from both eyes, enabling them to see again.

[Sources: BBCComic Relief]

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9 March 2011

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has announced the likely airdate for Series 6 of Doctor Who.

As expected, the show is set to return on Easter Weekend, with Episode One airing on Saturday 23rd April, and Episode Two airing as soon as Sunday 24th April - although that point is nothing more than a rumour at this moment in time.

The magazine also confirms the title of Episode 11 as The God Complex. The story is written by Toby Whithouse and features David Walliams as Gibbis.

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[Source: Doctor Who Magazine - Issue #432]

11 February 2011

Although hardly the pinnacle of reliable news, The Sun newspaper today reported the casting of Model and Actress, Lily Cole in Series 6 of Doctor Who.

DWO have confirmed the news, and Lily will indeed be featuring in the new series, in Episode Three, which is reportedly set in the 1600's and is currently filming in Cornwall.

The Metro newspaper have also run with the story, and include some images from the filming.

[Sources: The Sun; The Metro; Doctor Who Online]

4 February 2011

Speaking live on BBC Radio 2, Little Britain and Come Fly With Me star, David Walliams, confirmed that he has a role in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

Speaking on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Walliams stated: "I've actually been offered a part in Doctor Who, which I'm very excited about." He continued: "I've said yes. I don't think I can reveal much, I'll just say I'm playing an alien."

He added that he will be filming the role "in a few weeks", which means it will form part of the second half of the season which will air in the Autumn.

[Source: BBC Radio 2]

1 February 2011

Former EastEnders actor Lee Ross and Misfits guest star Danny Sapani have both landed roles in the new series of Doctor Who, their agency CVs reveal.

Lee Ross, who played alcoholic wife beater Owen Turner in the BBC One soap between 2006-2009, has been cast as Boatswain in Episode 3, written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock) and directed by Jeremy Webb. Ross also played Gene Hunt’s rival, DCI Derek Litton, in both Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.

Danny Sapani, who played doomed probabtion officer Tony Morecombe in Episode 1 of Misfits, has been cast as Colonel Manton in Episode 7, titled 'Demons Run'.

[Source: Cultbox]

31 January 2011

The Spotlight entry for actor, Simon Fisher-Becker, who played Dorium Maldavar in 5.12: The Pandorica Opens, states that he will return to the role in Episode 7 of Series 6.

The entry also confirms the title as being 6.7: Demons Run, although this could still change.

To add further substance to this, a recent image has surfaced online via DoctorWhoSpoilers.com, which you can see to the right. This image is copyright to Steve Joes.

** DWO do not post spoiler related information on our news pages, but as this pertains to a an episode title, we thought it newsworthy. For spoiler related discussion as well as other pictures from filming, you can check out the Series 6 Spoilers and Speculation thread on the s425_S6-Spoilers-and-Speculation.aspx">DWO Forums.

[Source: DWO Forum Member; Kavien]

26 January 2011

Doctor Who failed to win the Best Drama & Best Drama Performance categories at this years National Television Awards.

The Best Drama award, which the show has won for the past 5 consecutive years, instead went to Waterloo Road, in a shock twist that even the bookies couldn't predict.

Even the Best Drama Performance category failed to snag the show an award for Matt Smith, who lost out to David Jason.

Clearly this is a shock for fellow fans, especially as the show has ranked so highly at the awards in previous years.

There was, however, solace in the form of a 3-minute Doctor Who sequence at the be ginning of the show, which featured Matt Smith and Dermot O'Leary. A search on YouTube for 'NTA Doctor Who 2011' will bring up the video.

Regardless of the outcome, it is DWO's opinion that Series Five was one of the finest for Doctor Who to date, with excellent writing, a fantastic cast, and a painstakingly hard working production team to boot. Chins up guys and gals - you were robbed!

The nominations were voted for by the public and the winners announced live on television earlier this evening.

[Source: National Television Awards]

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