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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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22 December 2010

The fourth and final episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, Shadows of the Vashta Nerada, is now online.

Following on from the ending of third episode TARDIS, it features a plot surrounding a real-world conspiracy and is set in a seabed colony called Poseidon.

The game was initially due to be released on Christmas Day, but as an early treat, fans can now download the episode for both PC and Mac for free from the BBC Doctor Who website.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

 

22 December 2010

BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential and YouTube video blogger, Charlie McDonnell, have uploaded the second 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.

The second video, 'Charlie and the TARDIS' is now online and can be seen below:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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21 December 2010

Steven Moffat has ruled out a crossover between Doctor Who and Sherlock.

The writer told the New York Times that it would be "quite hard" for the show's central characters to collide.

"I think there are problems of doing that," he admitted. "Because then you would say that Sherlock Holmes lives in the same world as The Doctor, and there are Daleks and all sorts of things. If a Sherlock Holmes story depends on time travel being impossible, it's quite hard [to do it] if he's a personal friend of The Doctor's."

However, he admitted that fans of both shows have often enquired about the potential crossover.

"I think everyone who's passing me in the street is suggesting that at the moment," he revealed.

Moffat also confirmed that work has begun on the next three-part series of Sherlock. The second series of Sherlock is expected to air in Autumn 2011.

[Source: Digital Spy]

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21 December 2010

BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential and YouTube video blogger, Charlie McDonnell, have teamed up to offer a behind-the-scenes look 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 will offer Four videos in total, with one being released every day until Christmas Eve.

The first video, 'Charlie and the Runner' is now online and can be seen below:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who website]

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14 December 2010

Freelance Journalist, Ian Wylie has sent DWO his review of the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special, from last nights screening at the BFI Southbank. [Beware, minor spoilers below].

If you’re avoiding ALL spoilers, then best go elsewhere. It’s a totally bonkers episode but probably a perfect fit for 6pm Christmas Day on BBC1.

As many fans will already know, this adventure is set on Christmas Eve and features newlyweds Amy and Rory (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) on a stricken space liner heading for disaster. With mayhem up on the Star Trek-style flight deck, Amy emerges from the Honeymoon Suite dressed in the police uniform from her very first episode. With Rory back in his Roman centurion outfit. A nice opening visual joke from Mr Moffat, who was placed in seat K9 for the screening.

He weaves Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol into this tale from a strange yet still familiar world. High above, the Galaxy class ship is plummeting through banks of thick icy fog towards the surface of the planet. Only rich and bitter old miser Kazran Sardick (Michael Gambon) can save the lives of the 4003 people on board. He controls the skies, despises Christmas and doesn’t care if they all die.

Kazran already keeps some members of Sardicktown frozen in ice, including Abigail (Katherine Jenkins). And appears to have lost every shred of goodness that might ever have been in his heart. Which is when the Doctor, covered in soot, comes tumbling down the chimney. Can he bring this old man out of the dark and into the light?

Older viewers may have to stay off the Christmas sherry to keep track of all the details in this hour. Including sharks out of water, a nod to Jaws and the Doctor’s trips to the 1950s to hang with Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. Not to mention Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Santa. All contrasting with the bleak midwinter under the dark skies of Sardicktown.

We also get more information about the Doctor and girls. A younger Kazran asks him: “When girls are crying, are you supposed to talk to them?” To which the Doctor replies: “I’ve absolutely no idea.”

There are crackers, a kiss (not involving the Doctor) and photographic evidence of trips around the globe.

We also hear Katherine Jenkins – making her acting debut – sing a new Christmas carol, among other vocal performances.

The screening was followed by a trailer for the 2011 series, which included Nazis, The Oval Office, a spaceman, various monsters, the Doctor in a stetson and River Song in cowgirl mode. Plus a line from the Doctor: “The one thing I can tell you – monsters are real.”

 To read Ian's transcript of the Q&A session, visit his website, here.

[Source: Ian Wylie]

4 December 2010

The BBC have given DWO some more promo images from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special; A Christmas Carol.

The images, which can be seen below, have just been released today, and give us a little taster of what's to come:

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[Source: BBC Pictures]

2 December 2010

The BBC have issued a Press Pack for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special; A Christmas Carol, which we have included, in full below:

Introduction:

The thrilling adventures of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and newlyweds Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) will continue in a Doctor Who fun-filled and heartfelt festive story, A Christmas Carol, this Christmas on BBC One.

In the grand tradition of Doctor Who Christmas specials, this year the show has once again attracted stellar guest stars, as veteran actor Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Singing Detective) and Opera diva Katherine Jenkins, in her first acting role, join the Time Lord for what might be his most Christmassy adventure yet!

On winning her part, Katherine Jenkins said: "I'm over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special – I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever!"

About the series, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, commented: "Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And... oh, you'll see.

"I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically."

The Christmas special follows on from Matt Smith's first series as The Doctor, which attracted huge critical acclaim for Smith, his companion Gillan and lead writer Moffat, from press and legions of fans alike.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning said: "Matt Smith and Karen Gillan captivated audiences in their debut series, and Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year with special guest stars Sir Michael Gambon and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins joining Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!"

The series was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning for BBC One.

Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger and Beth Willis also executive producing.

Cast and Crew:

Cast:

The Doctor: Matt Smith

Amy Pond: Karen Gillan

Rory Williams: Arthur Darvill

Kazran Sardick/Elliot Sardick: Michael Gambon

Abigail Pettigrew: Katherine Jenkins

Captain: Pooky Quesnel

Crew:

Executive producer and writer: Steven Moffat

Executive producers: Piers Wenger and Beth Willis

Director: Toby Haynes

Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg

Synopsis:

It's the deepest part of winter, the exact midpoint, Christmas Eve – halfway out of the dark. Amy and Rory are trapped on a stricken space liner that's plummeting through banks of thick icy fog to the surface of the planet below.

Only one man has the power to save them; only one man is in possession of a machine that can clear the fog and let them land safely.

That man is Kazran Sardick, a rich but lonely old miser who rules Sardicktown with a sky-mast of iron.

The Doctor's only chance of rescuing the ship's four thousand passengers is to save Kazran's soul and show him that life is worth living. For this he needs to go back, way back, to when Kazran was a boy with a life full of promise.

But can the Doctor put a song in Kazran's heart and love in his life, in time for Christmas? Can he bring him out of the dark?

Matt Smith plays The Doctor:

After his critically acclaimed and hugely successful debut performance as the Doctor earlier this year, Matt Smith hasn't had time to rest on his laurels because in July he found himself surrounded by snow, shooting the Christmas Special.

Here, Matt explains what festive fun lies in store for Doctor Who fans.

"I've always wanted to be part of the Christmas Doctor Who experience," reveals Matt, "And I think this is certainly one of the most Christmassy and inventive Doctor Who stories so far.

"Steven just keeps getting even more imaginative and the great thing about this episode is that when Doctor Who and Christmas are put together you combine the spirit of both those things; it's a fun old yarn and the Doctor simply loves Christmas."

At the end of last series, Rory Williams officially became Mr Pond and joined his new wife Amy and the Doctor for more time-travelling adventures in the TARDIS. So where does this episode pick up?

"Well, it starts off with Amy and Rory on honeymoon, but the spaceship they are travelling on gets into trouble and needs to make an emergency landing on a nearby planet," reveals Matt.

"However, they are blocked from entering the planet's atmosphere and with the ship nearing implosion, the Doctor has to try and work out what's going on and how to save them.

"Steven's fantastical and magical mind has been working overtime and he's been extremely clever with this story," continues Matt.

"It feels very Dickensian, set in a mad futuristic world and it evolves into something even more magical than your classic monster Doctor Who episode."

However, Matt's quick to point out the episode does still feature a creature that is bound to get both children and adults alike cowering behind the sofa.

"The episode features a wonderful shark which I was very excited about," reveals Matt. "I've always wanted to explore the aquatic; viewers can expect Jaws with a twist!"

Joining the cast regulars in the episode is acclaimed actor of stage and screen Michael Gambon, and superstar opera singer Katherine Jenkins, making her acting debut.

"It was a real privilege to work with Michael," explains Matt. "I had a great time with him and he was really naughty! He's so crafty and when I asked him about working with iconic actors such as Olivier and Bates he said the one thing they all had in common was they were naughty – and he's exactly the same. He was very mischievous, constantly telling jokes and getting into the spirit of play.

"With Katherine I was astounded by her professionalism. Considering it was her first acting experience I thought she handled it with real craft and diligence." continues Matt. "It's exactly the type of casting we want; someone fresh, exciting and new."

But can Matt reveal anything about who they play and how they fit into the overall story?

"Well," chuckles Matt, "I can reveal that Michael plays a scrooge-like miser but there's a time-travelling twist to it all. To play an old grump there is no one better than Gambon. However, Michael also really makes you feel for this man and he can somehow turn himself into a little boy at times; he's a very impressive actor.

"Katherine looks like a princess," continues Matt, "and boy can she sing; the way she controls her voice and the grace with which she sings is quite incredible."

But while the Doctor is off on a Christmassy adventure, what will Christmas day hold for Matt Smith?

"I'll be watching Doctor Who with my family of course!" laughs Matt. "I imagine we'll have a big lunch first and then we'll sit down to watch the episode; the Doctor even gets to come down the chimney!"

Katherine Jenkins plays Abigail:

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins has achieved worldwide fame with her stunning singing voice and has performed in countries across the globe. However, it was her acting debut that made her most nervous.

Here, Katherine reveals what it was like to star in the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

"To be honest, I didn't think I really wanted to act," confesses Katherine. "I'd been asked to do things in the past and hadn't done them, but when I got the call to do Doctor Who it really excited me.

"It's such an iconic show and one we all watch as family. I wasn't sure I could do it but after reading for the part, I got a call on my 30th birthday to say I'd got it. It was the best birthday present I could have asked for!"

Stepping on to set for the first time can be a daunting experience for most actors, so how did Katherine feel when she joined the rest of the Doctor Who cast on her first day of filming?

"I had the most amazing time," reveals Katherine. "I must admit I was very nervous and I felt out of my comfort zone because I hadn't done any acting before. However, when I arrived on set the whole team was so welcoming and supportive. They made me feel like I could do it."

Set on a futuristic planet that looks very Dickensian, this Doctor Who Christmas Special is set to be the most Christmassy yet.

Katherine explains: "It certainly felt very Christmassy when we were filming it in July! The story is very emotional which I hope is going to touch people. I play the part of Abigail, a young woman who has been frozen in an ice chamber.

"Needless to say I do get out of the chamber but viewers will have to wait and see what happens to my character.

"I do get to sing though which was nice and I had a really good laugh with Matt between takes. He kept mucking around and singing to me but you know people should hear his voice; I think he's got a great bass voice!"

Speaking about her costume Katherine reveals: "My character comes from a family with really no money so my dress is very simple; it's a long cotton and lace dress with woollen sleeves and I also wear boots. It's almost looks like many layers of Victorian underwear!"

Doctor Who is predominately filmed in Cardiff so Katherine also had the added pleasure of catching up with her family during gaps in filming.

"It couldn't have worked out better," explains Katherine. "My family are based in Wales so some of them came to the set and I got to catch up with everybody, which was nice."

Since filming wrapped on the Doctor Who Christmas Special Katherine has been extremely busy concentrating on her music career.

"I'm on tour, visiting Denmark, Germany, Australia and America," reveals Katherine. "Then I'll be performing at the Royal Albert Hall before heading to Afghanistan over Christmas. To kick off 2011 I'll be working on my eighth album."

But has Doctor Who given her the acting bug?

"It's not something I'd ever done before," explains Katherine. "But I really enjoyed it so maybe in the future I'd consider other opportunities; although I think it would help if the role had a musical element to it!"

[Source: BBC Press Office]

2 December 2010

The fourth and final episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games will be released on Christmas Day, it has been confirmed.

Titled 'Shadows Of Vashta Nerada', it will feature the first appearance of the shadow monsters since their debut in 'Silence In The Library' and 'Forest Of The Dead'.

Following on from the ending of third episode 'TARDIS', it will feature a plot surrounding a real-world conspiracy and is set in a seabed colony called Poseidon.

"We’ve gone all-out for the season finale. 'Shadows of the Vashta Nerada' takes place entirely underwater - something which would be impossible for the TV series, as water is so expensive," said executive producer Steven Moffat.

"It’s thrilling, terrifying, educational and fun. Just steer clear of those shadows..."

UK licence fee payers can download the episode for both PC and Mac for free from the BBC website.

[Source: Digital Spy]

2 December 2010

The next series of Doctor Who will not feature any old monsters according to executive producer Piers Wenger.

The new series, the sixth since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, will instead feature new monsters. This means its unlikely that the Daleks, Cybermen or other enemies from the original series or indeed the more recent past will be back next year. When asked about the possibility of old monsters featuring in the next series Wenger said;

"No, we're bigger fans of new monsters. That's where we are. I think Steven's written the best new "Doctor Who" monsters in a long time in the [season] opening two-parter. That's where our energies are focused, really.."

The statement by Wenger could of course be a little white lie to keep fans in the dark over any planned returns.

 Read the full interview with Piers Wenger at Crave Online.

[Source: Crave Online]

30 November 2010

Actor Sylvester McCoy has said he would be keen to return to Doctor Who for its 50th anniversary.

McCoy, who played the seventh Doctor from 1987 to 1989, said fans wanted a multi-Doctor story to mark the programme's golden jubilee in 2013.

He also suggested that earlier Doctors - played by actors who have since died - could be brought back using computer technology.

"They've got such imaginations, they could do anything," he said.

"Would I do it? Yes, I'd be delighted to," said the actor when asked if he would consider reprising his most famous role.

"I am a part of it, it hasn't ever gone away and I celebrate the 21st Century Doctors," he continued - a reference to his successors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

The first Doctor Who show to feature more than one actor playing the titular Time Lord was The Three Doctors in 1972.

That saw William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee - the first three actors to play the Doctor on television - appearing on screen together.

"I know that the producers balk at it. All those egos in the same room would be very difficult to deal with," McCoy continued.

"But the fans are hoping that for the 50th anniversary, which is coming up, they might do something like that. It would be fascinating with all the technology if they could bring back Jon Pertwee and William Hartnell. That would be amazing - and I bet they could do it if they wanted to."

The 67-year-old Scot also joked that technology could be used to "make us thin again".

McCoy is currently appearing in London in the first stage adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's comic novel Decline and Fall.

He has also been cast as a wizard in The Hobbit films, expected to begin shooting in New Zealand in 2011.

[Source: BBC News]

23 November 2010

The BBC Press Office has released the synopsis and a promo image for this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special; 5.14: A Christmas Carol.

Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written by Steven Moffat. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?

Amy Pond is played by Karen Gillan, Rory Williams by Arthur Darvill, The Doctor by Matt Smith and Kazran Sardick by Michael Gambon.

Doctor Who is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

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