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8 October 2013

The BBC has today confirmed plans to launch a +1 channel for BBC One.

Speaking at a BBC conference today, BBC Director General, Tony Hall said:

“Any plan for channels starts with BBC One. Above all, BBC One needs to be on top form. It has to be the nation’s favourite channel, but also its bravest. We’ll also look to launch a BBC One +1 channel, too – it’s what audiences expect, especially younger ones, and it means people can get more of what they’ve already paid for.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, added:

"This is brilliant news for BBC One viewers, it means the content we pay for delivers even more value for audiences. In a world of increased choice, +1 will enable licence fee payers to have even more access to our broad range of programmes every day."

This is good news for Doctor Who as not only will episodes be available to watch for those who may miss the original time slot airing, but the ratings of the +1 channel will count towards the ratings totals for the week - as is currently the case with ITV1. The decision means there will be an even playing field as far as ratings go, and we should once more see Doctor Who at the very top of the weekly programming figures.

[Source: BBC Media Centre]

11 September 2013

Following todays (official) announcement of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary programming schedule, DWO have put together an easy to use guide to the programmes and channels that will be providing Doctor Who content.

Channel Programme Name Description Date / Dur.
 7.14: The Day Of The Doctor  TV Episode. 23/11
   The Culture Show A look at the cultural significance of Who. TBC
   An Adventure In Space And Time Mark Gatiss' drama on the genesis of Doctor Who. TBC
  The Science Of Doctor Who  Professor Brian Cox looks at the Science behind Who. TBC
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide A guide to all things Who.


[Untitled] A further "exciting" commission.


An Unearthly Child TV Episode
(restored format)


Blue Peter Two Live Blue Peter Doctor Who Specials.


12 Again Doctor Who stars share their childhood memories.


TROCK Documentary on TROCK (Time Lord Rock).


Who Is The Doctor? Documentary with interviews and archive material.


The Blaggers Guide To Doctor Who David Quantick gathers facts to Blag being a Who fan.


The Graham Norton Show
Doctor Who Special 
3-Hour show celebrating Doctor Who.

From 10am

Who Made Who? Documentary on the world that inspired Who.


**This guide will be updated over the coming weeks to reflect confirmations in airdates and airtimes.

[Sources: BBC Press Office, DWO]

10 September 2013

Well, of course he didn't! :) Doctor Who is a fictional (albeit awesome) television show - however, a recent discovery of a previously lost Van Gogh painting does provide a striking image of what looks like the TARDIS!

The Van Gogh Museum identified a long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting (pictured-right) that spent years in a Norwegian attic because it was thought not to be authentic. It is the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928.

"Sunset at Montmajour" depicts a dry landscape of oak trees, bushes and sky, painted with Van Gogh's familiar thick brush strokes. It can be dated to the exact day it was painted because Vincent described it in a letter to his brother, Theo, and said he painted it the previous day - 4th July 1888. He said the painting was done "on a stony heath where small twisted oaks grow."

A brief glance to the upper-left side of the painting shows what appears to be a blue box complete with light box, but on closer inspection is actually a house with a chimney.

The great thing about art, however, is that it is down to the individual to decipher its meaning - and we see a TARDIS! :)

[Source: The Van Gogh Museum]

10 September 2013

Doctor Who has picked up two awards at this years TV Choice Awards, held at London's Dorchester Hotel.

The first award of the evening for the show was in the Best Drama category, where it beat off competition from Downton Abbey, Waterloo Road and Call The Midwife. 

The second award was for Outstanding Contribution, with Steven Moffat, David Tennant and Peter Davison taking to the stage to accept the award for Doctor Who, with Matt Smith appearing via a specially recorded video message.

On accepting the award, Steven Moffat said:

“I’m receiving an award about Doctor Who from Doctor Who while Doctor Who is busy filming in Cardiff.”

Matt Smith lost out on the Best Actor award, with ex-Doctor, David Tennant winning for his role in Broadchurch.

Jenna Coleman lost out on the Best Actress award, with Miranda Hart winning for her role in Call The Midwife.

[Source: TV Choice]

9 September 2013

Ex-Doctors, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy were spotted outside TVC this morning, next to placards saying "No Doctors. No 50th!" and "Have a heart! Classic Doctors want a part!".

Colin Baker is also reportedly meant to be at the location too, which DWO believe to be for the filming of Peter Davison's tongue-in-cheek short film to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.

Davison has previously recorded a short for the Gallifrey One convention in LA. You can watch the short he recorded for the 2011 convention, below:

DWO will post more on this news as we get it...

[Source: Twitter]

6 September 2013

Louise Jameson is set to star in Mark Gatiss' upcoming directional debut of 'The Tractate Middoth'.

This new half-hour drama is a chilling adaptation of M.R. James's short story and will see a return of the cherished ghost story to BBC Two at Christmas.

She will be joined in the cast by Sacha Dhawan (Last Tango In Halifax, Being Human; The History Boys), John Castle (I, Claudius), Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Doc Martin), Una Stubbs (Sherlock, Til Death Do Us Part), David Ryall (The Village); Eleanor Bron (Bedazzled, Women In Love, Absolutely Fabulous); Nick Burns (Nathan Barley) and Roy Barraclough (Coronation Street).

In a quiet academic library, John Eldred (Castle) seeks out the help of young Mr Garrett (Dhawan) in his search for a seemingly obscure Hebrew text. But there is something unusual about this book and something not entirely scholarly about Eldred’s intentions. Soon, Garrett's hunt for the Tractate Middoth provokes terrifying apparitions in the library and a vengeful menace from beyond the grave.

Mark Gatiss says:

"The wonderful adaptations of MR James's tales that I saw on TV as a child have been a lasting inspiration to me. I'm delighted to restore the tradition of a BBC 'Ghost Story for Christmas' and bring to life a personal favourite - The Tractate Middoth - one of James's most atmospheric, thrilling, and downright scary tales."

Mark Bell, Commissioning Editor for Arts, says:

“In his ghost stories MR James displays a beguiling mixture of dry wit, singular erudition and a joyful enthusiasm for the macabre. Mark Gatiss shares the same attributes and it is tremendously exciting to be working on both a new drama and a documentary investigation of what made this great British eccentric tick."

The drama will be complemented by a documentary, M.R. James: Ghost Writer (w/t) in which Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of M.R. James, the enigmatic English master of the supernatural story. A long-time admirer of James, Mark will explore how this donnish Victorian bachelor, conservative by nature and a devout Anglican, created tales that continue to chill readers more than a century on.

Viewers will join Mark on an atmospheric journey from James's childhood home in Suffolk to Eton College and on to King’s College, Cambridge, the two institutions where James spent most of his life, venturing into ancient churches, dark cloisters and echoing libraries along the way. By following in James’s footsteps, Mark will attempt to uncover the secrets of his inspiration.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

2 September 2013

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, Melbourne-based improvisational theatre company The Impro Box is bringing back its sell out improvised Doctor Who show, Time Lord, devised and directed by David S. Innes.

The season once again stars Rob Lloyd (Who, Me, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Live on Bowen) along with The Impro Box players. Show details can be found below:

Venue: Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan Street, Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 3rd-7th September 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Prices: $15 (Full), $10 (Concession & Cosplayers), $45 (Season Pass)
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/58329

+  For more info visit the Time Lord website: http://www.theimprobox.com/time-lord/
+  Follow The Impro Box on Twitter@ImproBox

[Source: David Innes]

26 August 2013

Each month of this year, the British Film Institute have been airing episodes from each Doctor's era to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. At the most recent event, which looked at The 9th Doctor's era, a special message was read out from Christopher Eccleston:

“I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.

If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.”

So there you have it! Eccleston DOES love Doctor Who, and seems to be up for a return at some point. Maybe for the 10th Anniversary of the new series in 2015?

[Source: RadioTimes.com]

15 August 2013

If, like us, you're an avid user of the fantastic Google Maps website and app, you'll be pleased to know there is a rather cool Doctor Who related Easter Egg to look out for.

Users navigating to this url (The Earl's Court Police Box), can actually enter the TARDIS by clicking the double arrows at the bottom of the screen, or if you're using the new beta, by clicking the up arrow on your keyboard.

You are then whisked away to the new TARDIS interior, (first seen in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen).

Do you know of any other Google Maps related Easter Eggs? Let us know by posting a comment below!

[Source: Google Maps]

6 August 2013

Awesome Doctor Who band, Chameleon Circuit, have a brand new music video titled 'Teenage Rebel' to coincide with YouTube's Geek Week.

The music video, which is a rather touching look at how Doctor Who can change a person's life for the better, has already had well over 100,000+ views on YouTube!

Watch the music video for 'Teenage Rebel', below:

+  Check Out the Chameleon Circuit website at DFTBA, here.

[Source: Alex Day]

6 August 2013

Our good friend, Cameron K. McEwan and his chums Elisar Cabrera and Jack Ayers are putting together a Doctor Who Fan Documentary called 'Who's Changing', and they need your help to fund the project.

The feature-length documentary about 50 years of Doctor Who fans, looks at how the nature of fandom has changed since the series returned to TV screens in 2005.

Filming has already begun, having started in the Spring, and the team have already met and interviewed some incredible people:

Louise Jameson ('Leela' - companion to the 4th Doctor); 
Sophie Aldred ('Ace', companion to the 7th Doctor)
Neve McIntosh ('Madame Vastra', companion to the 11th Doctor); 
Dan Starkey (Sontaran 'Strax', companion to the 11th Doctor); 
Simon Fisher-Becker ('Dorium Maldovar', friend of the 11th Doctor); 
Catrin Stewart ('Jenny', companion to the 11th Doctor);
Caitlin Blackwood (Young 'Amelia Pond', the first person to meet the Eleventh Doctor); 
Gary Russell (Doctor Who, Torchwood & Sarah Jane Adventures Script Editor and author);
Andrew Smith (writer of Fourth Doctor story, 'Full Circle'); 
James Moran (writer of the Tenth Doctor story, 'The Fires of Pompeii');
Spencer Wilding (Doctor Who creature actor in the 11th Doctor era); 
Eric Saward (Doctor Who Script Editor and writer); 
Jane Espenson (Torchwood, Buffy, Once Upon A Time writer); 
Jeremy Bentham (Writer Doctor Who Weekly and Co-Founder Doctor Who Appreciation Society); 
Tony Lee (writer of the IDW Doctor Who comic); 
Simon Furman (writer of Doctor Who Magazine and Transformer comic strips);
Dan Slott (legendary Spiderman Marvel comics writer and Who fan);
Richard Starkings (writer of Doctor Who Magazine comic strips and the Elephantmen comic book series);
Liam Dryden (YouTube star and Chameleon Circuit band member);
Josh Adams (American artist of Doctor Who comics); 
Alain Carrazé (French journalist & TV programmer)

and many more including lots of Doctor Who fans like yourself...

+  Help fund the project by donating at the IndieGoGo page, here.

Watch the trailer for the project, below:

[Source: Cameron K. McEwan]

21 July 2013

Matt Smith continues to enjoy himself at this years San Diego Comic Con, and our friends over at BBC America have evidenced this with their latest video showing Smith walking the floors of Comic Con in a Bart Simpson mask!

Watch the video, below:

[Source: BBC America]

21 July 2013

Ex-Doctor Who Companion, Karen Gillan, has stunned fans at this years San Diego Comic Con by unveiling her bald head, after shaving off her hair for a new film role.

Gillan (who still looks just as gorgeous without hair as she does with hair) appeared at Comic Con on Friday sporting her trademark red hair, which, on Saturday, she admitted was in fact a wig!

Karen unveiled the new look at the Marvel press line for 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', in which she plays the role of villainous pirate, Nebula. The movie is due for release in 2014.

She follows in the footsteps of he ex-Doctor Who co star, Matt Smith, who shaved off his hair for a role in Ryan Gosling's upcoming directorial movie debut in 'How To Catch A Monster'.

Gillan can most recently be seen in Brit comedy movie, 'Not Another Happy Ending' in which she plays struggling author, Jane Lockhart. For more information on the movie, check out the trailer below or visit the website, here.

[Source: Fraser Davies]

19 July 2013

IGN have uploaded a video interview with Matt Smith, taken at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

In the interview, Matt talks about his hair, the Christmas Special, the 50th Anniversary Special and the future.

Watch the full IGN video interview with Matt Smith, below:

[Source: IGN]

19 July 2013

In celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, acclaimed comedian and Sony Gold nominee Toby Hadoke performs both of his Who-themed solo shows in a West End double bill for one night only. 

No super fan's 50th anniversary celebration will be complete without this unique opportunity to see both ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf' and ‘My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver' presented together for the first, and quite possibly also the last, time.

Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

Get out from behind that sofa and get aboard Toby Hadoke's TARDIS on a trip through time - charting the rise, fall and rise again of a television legend. This delightful show is a personal, satirical and razor sharp comic odyssey from child to man, through obsession, joy and disappointment. 

My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver

Intimate knowledge of the TARDIS is not required to enjoy this bittersweet comedy of parenting through sci-fi evangelism: Hadoke's compelling and incisive shows are universal in appeal. This Chortle Awards 2012 nominee has an acid tongue and a warm heart. 

Join Toby as he takes you on a heart-warming journey that begins with losing a partner, ends with gaining a stepson and pays homage to the restorative powers of the Time Lord in between. Intimate knowledge of the TARDIS is not required to enjoy this bittersweet comedy of parenting through sci-fi evangelism.

Below are a list of dates for 'My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver':

Thursday 3rd October 2013 - 7.30pm | The Castle | Wellingborough
Tickets and information: www.thecastle.org.uk | 01933 229 022

Friday 4th October - 7.30pm | Customs House | South Shields
Tickets and information: www.customshouse.co.uk | 0191 454 1234

Friday 1st November - 7.45pm | Riverfront Theatre, Newport
Tickets and information here  | 01633 656757

Sunday 17th November - 7pm | Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.
Tickets and information here | 0844 482 9673

Thursday 21st November 2013 - 7.30pm | Lincoln Drill Hall | Lincoln
Tickets and information: www.lincolndrillhall.com | 01522 873894

Thursday 5th December 2013 - 7.30pm | Rondo Theatre | Bath
Tickets and information: www.rondotheatre.co.uk | 01225 463362 

+  Book Tickets for the double bill at the Garrick Theatre, here.
+  For more information visit Toby's website: http://www.tobyhadoke.com
+  Follow Toby Hadoke on Twitter@TobyHadoke

[Source: Toby Hadoke]

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