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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.

+ Buy / Subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine at CompareTheDalek.com.

[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]

26 January 2011

Tonight sees the announcement of the winners at the 2011 National Television Awards, where Doctor Who features in two categories:

Best Drama - Doctor Who

Best Drama Performance - Matt Smith, Karen Gillan

Regardless of the outcome, however, Doctor Who fans will be treated to a short Doctor Who themed sketch, in which Matt Smith and Dermot O'Leary travel in the TARDIS to the EastEnders and Coronation Street sets.

+  The National Television Awards, airs at 7:30pm on ITV1.

[Source: Steven Day]

20 January 2011

Assignment X have added an interview with previous Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T. Davies:

Russell T. Davies, the man most directly responsible for the resurrection of the Doctor Who franchise in 2005, was on hand at the Television Critic’s Association to promote his upcoming fourth season of Torchwood, also a Who connected show. And, of course, Assignment X couldn’t resist asking his thoughts on the new Doctor Who series post his exit.

“Of course I love it! Stephen Moffat’s most important role is to get me a DVD before that Saturday of transmission,” says Davies. “This new season it’s going to go out on BBC America on the same day, but I still want the DVD because it won’t have adverts!”

Davies, who was a fan of the show from childhood, has re-discovered his passion for the series and can’t get enough of it.

“I’m loving it, I am absolutely loving it,” Davies says. “This morning before I came to Pasadena I was sitting there reading the Doctor Who Series Companion Part 2 and reading about the cut scenes from ‘The Hungry Earth’, and I thought, ‘What a fan am I?' ’Can’t wait for the new series, can’t wait!”

The former Who showrunner went on to explain that he does have some creative links to the series, since he is in charge of the Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, but he does like to be left in the dark

“I really don’t want to know what’s happening,” he explains. “I have to know some things, because I am still running The Sarah Jane Adventures, and there’s no specific crossover, but we have to make sure we’re in the same universe. For example I got a call from my agent yesterday about something in Doctor Who, that I’m not going to tell you, but it thrilled me, and I thought God that’s exciting! I have tiny moments of contact, but I don’t want too many of them because I want to sit and watch it like a kid.”

[Source: Assignment X]

18 January 2011

The BBC have released details on the BBC iPlayer performance for December 2010.

The Doctor Who Christmas special (A Christmas Carol) faired particularly well, landing in 8th place with over 700,000+ downloads.

1) Top Gear USA Road Trip – 1,294,000

2) Top Gear Middle East Special – 1,260,000

3) The Apprentice Series 6 Episode 12 – 892,000

4) The Apprentice Series 6 Episode 9 – 849,000

5) Come Fly With Me Episode 1 – 783,000

6) The Apprentice Series 6 Episode 10 – 718,000

7) The Apprentice Series 6 Episode 11 – 718,000

8) Doctor Who A Christmas Carol 25/12/2010 – 716,000

9) The Apprentice Series 6 The Final Episode 14 – 624,000

10) EastEnders 25/12/10 – 610,000

In total the service saw over 145 Million requests for TV and Radio programming during December 2010.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

18 January 2011

The BBC Doctor Who website is looking ahead to the Series 6 USA episodes, with a week of US-themed wallpapers, video clips and jigsaws.

The first clip, which we have included below, was aired on the BBC America website and channel, and features The Doctor and Amy in the Utah desert:

 Check Out the BBC Doctor Who website!

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

13 January 2011

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has printed an updated schedule for Series Six (that's what we're calling it) of Doctor Who.

Episode 1 & Episode 2

Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Toby Haynes

The two-part season opener sees The Doctor, Amy and Rory embarking on an epic adventure in 1960s America. The team are joined once again by the mysterious River Song, played by Alex Kingston, while Stuart Mulligan and Mark Sheppard guest star in major roles. Scenes have been shot in the Utah desert as well as other locations in the USA.

Episode 3

Written by Steve Thompson

Formerly Episode 9. The episode is set to film shortly as part of Block Four.

Episode 4

Written by Neil Gaiman, Directed by Richard Clark

Moved from its original position of Episode 3, the much-anticipated story by award-winning author, Neil Gaiman. The adventure guest-stars Suranne Jones playing someone who "might just turn out to be an old acquaintance with a new face".

Episode 5 & Episode 6

Written by Matthew Graham, Directed by Julian Simpson

Tentatively titled The Rebel Flesh and Gangers. The guest cast includes, Raquel Cassidy, Marshall Lancaster, Sarah Smart and Mark Bonnar.

Episode 7

Written by Steven Moffat

The concluding script for the first half of the season, which forms half of the fourth recording block along with Episode 3.

Episode 8

Written by Steven Moffat

The opener for the second half of Series Six, which will air in September 2011. This concludes the cliffhanger in Episode 7.

Episode 9

Written by Mark Gatiss, Directed by Richard Clark

Previously Episode 4. The guest cast includes, Daniel Mays, Andrew Tiernan, Leila Hoffman, Emma Cunniffe, Jamie Oram and Sophie Cosson.

Episode 10

No further details.

Episode 11

No further details.

Episode 12 & Episode 13

Written by Steven Moffat

** Further updates will be added in new News page updates, in the meantime, you can follow The Expanding Guide to Series Six in the DWO Forums.

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine - Issue #430]

26 December 2010

At the end of last night's Doctor Who Christmas special, the BBC aired a trailer for Series 6 of Doctor Who.

DWO have now uploaded an HD version of the trailer to our YouTube Channel, which you can view below:

[Source:  BBC]

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26 December 2010

The overnight ratings are in for 5.14: A Christmas Carol.

The episode achieved a rating of 10.3m, with an audience share of 39.8%. (This includes the BBC HD viewers).

Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme of Christmas Day, with EastEnders taking the top slot with 11.4 million viewers.

[Source: Andy Parish]

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24 December 2010

BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential and YouTube video blogger, Charlie McDonnell, have uploaded the fourth behind-the-scenes video, which looks at this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol.

The feature can be found behind the BBC Red Button on Digital TV packages, and on the BBC's YouTube Channel.

The fourth video, 'Charlie and The Doctor's Badger' is now online and can be seen below:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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23 December 2010

BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential and YouTube video blogger, Charlie McDonnell, have uploaded the third behind-the-scenes video, which looks at this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol.

The feature can be found behind the BBC Red Button on Digital TV packages, and on the BBC's YouTube Channel.

The third video, 'Charlie and the Christmas Lunch Bus' is now online and can be seen below:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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