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14 November 2012

BBC Pictures have sent DWO the first promo picture from the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

The episode, rumoured to be titled 'The Snowman' will air on Christmas Day on BBC One.

Fans tuning into BBC One this Friday (16th November) between 8:30-9:00pm, will be treated to a preview trailer for the Christmas special, as well as a bespoke story, filmed specially for the Children In Need campaign.

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[Source: BBC Pictures]

7 November 2012

The BBC Doctor Who site have confirmed the rumours that The Cybermen will return in 2013, for the story written by Neil Gaiman.

The episode (7.12), will also guest star Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Willow, Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders, Hotel Babylon) and Jason Watkins (Being Human, Lark Rise to Candleford), as 'a band of misfits on a mysterious planet'.

Stephen Woolfenden has been confirmed as the Director of the episode.

Writing on his blog, Neil Gaiman teased the title of the episode:

"Oh, and for the curious, the episode will be called ███ ████ ████████ . Only with letters instead of Ascii Blocks. Unless we change the title again before it's broadcast. Which might well happen, actually. I mean, it was originally called █ █████████ ██ ██████."

Why not put your guesses below in the comment box, or tweet your guesses to the @DrWhoOnline Twitter account using the button to the right.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who site]

23 October 2012

According to an entry on Simon Dennis' (Doctor Who Director of Photography) agency website, the title of Episode 6 of Series 7 is 'The Bells of St. John'.

The entry has recently gone through an update and has now omitted the reference to the title. If true, the DWO Guide to Series 7 shapes up as follows:

W = Written By / D = Directed By:

7.1: Asylum Of The Daleks - [W: Steven Moffat / D: Nick Hurran] - Aired
7.2: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship - [W: Chris Chibnall / D: Saul Metzstein] - Aired
7.3: A Town Called Mercy - [W: Toby Whithouse / D: Saul Metzstein] - Aired
7.4: The Power Of Three - [W: Chris Chibnall / D: Douglas Mackinnon] - Aired
7.5: The Angels Take Manhattan - [W: Steven Moffat / D: Nick Hurran] - Aired
7.X: The Snowman - [W: Steven Moffat / D: Saul Metzstein] - (2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special) - Rumoured Title
7.6: The Bells Of St.John - [W: Steven Moffat / D: Colm McCarthy] - Rumoured Title
7.7: Untitled - [W: Neil Cross / D: Farren Blackburn]
7.8: Untitled - [W: Mark Gatiss / D: Douglas Mackinnon]
7.9: Phantoms Of The Hex - [W: Neil Cross / D: Jamie Payne] - Rumoured Title
7.10: Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS - [W: Stephen Thompson / D: Mat King] - Confirmed Title
7.11: The Crimson Horror - [W: Mark Gatiss / D: Saul Metzstein] - Rumoured Title
7.12: Untitled - [W: Neil Gaiman / D: Stephen Wolfenden]
7.13: Untitled - [W: Steven Moffat / D: TBC]

[Sources: DWO; Independent Talent]

23 October 2012

In a recent interview with RadioTimes.com, So Solid Crew member and Hustle actor, Ashley Walters, provides details of his 2013 episode Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - and praises new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Ashley Walters (best known as So Solid Crew member Asher D) first earned his acting stripes as a youngster on long-running teenage soap Grange Hill, before graduating to BBC's Hustle and last year's Channel 4 drama Top Boy. But next year sees his most exciting role to date: a cameo in Doctor Who.

Speaking to RT, Ashley revealed he finished filming his episode - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - two weeks ago:

"You can't beat being in Doctor Who - it's something I've grown up with my whole life and working with Matt Smith was amazing. He's a really, really good actor and just being a part of that huge BBC franchise was an incredible thing. And Jenna Louise Coleman is really good at what she does - it seems like she's enjoying her job and I loved working with her."

But it wasn't too long ago that Ashley got in trouble with Doctor Who producers for tweeting a photo from his trailer that gave fans a sneak peak of his costume:

"I nearly got sacked on my first day because they're really strict about it. I was in my costume lying down on the sofa and I just tweeted a photo with the word 'space' - I didn't say anything else. Five minutes later I had execs knocking on my door saying, 'what are you doing?' And then I realised there were signs everywhere saying 'don't tweet'."

As a result, he's a little hesitant about giving away details of his cameo role, but he does reveal this:

"in our episode it'll be the first time people get to see so much of the TARDIS."

* * *

Do you think we will see more of the TARDIS than ever before? Surely we can't see more of the TARDIS than the 1978, 4th Doctor adventure, The Invasion of Time (video clip below)? Let us know what you think in the comments box!

[Source: Radio Times]

12 October 2012

Following on from yesterday's announcement, the BBC have now released 'P.S.'; a short video written by Chris Chibnall with a voiceover from Arthur Darvill, which lets us find out what happened to Brian, Amy and Rory after the events of 7.5: The Angels Take Manhattan.

View the video below, then Rate / Discuss it in the DWO Forums:

[Source: BBC Doctor Who site]

11 October 2012

Rory’s dad, Brian Williams, only appeared in two episodes but swiftly established himself as a favourite amongst Doctor Who’s audience. After Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking departure in The Angels Take Manhattan the BBC Doctor Who Team received many emails asking what happened next to Brian. Did he ever find out what took his son and daughter-in-law? If so, how? And would Brian – and viewers - ever learn more about Amy and Rory’s life after the Doctor?

A special scene was written by Chris Chibnall that revealed some of the answers but sadly, the sequence was never shot. However, the BBC Doctor Who site will be bringing you the scene tomorrow. Using animated storyboards and a voice-over specially recorded by Arthur Darvill, we’ll discover more about Brian and the Ponds, post-Angels.

It begins with Brian alone, doing what he once told the Doctor must be done – watering the plants. But his life is about to change forever...

Doctor Who’s Executive Producer, Caro Skinner, said:

"We’re delighted we can present this lovely scene written by Chris Chibnall. People took Rory’s dad, Brian, to their hearts very quickly, so it’s fitting we can give the character a degree of closure in this poignant piece."

P.S. is a short video written by Chris Chibnall and will be essential viewing for anyone who wants to know more about what happened to Brian, Amy and Rory. It will be available to watch on the BBC Doctor Who site Tomorrow (Friday 12th October).

[Source: BBC Doctor Who site]

24 September 2012

The final BARB viewing figures are in for 7.3: A Town Called Mercy.

The episode achieved a final rating of 8.42m viewers - a shift of +1.8m , with an total audience share of 33.4%.

The figures include recordings of the episodes within 7 days of transmission, but not BBC iPlayer viewings and downloads.

Overnight Rating:
6.6m / 29.1% audience share.

AI Score:
85

Time Shift:
+1.8m 

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

[Source: Andy Parish]

23 September 2012

The overnight viewing figures are in for 7.4: The Power of Three.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.5m viewers, with an audience share of 25.6%, and Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme for Saturday, winning its time-slot for the evening.

Top Overnights - Saturday 15th September:

1 - 8.2m - (35.7%) - The X Factor - 20:15 - ITV1
2 - 5.5m - (25.6%) - Doctor Who - 19:30 - BBC One
3 - 4.0m - (17.7%) - Casualty - 21:15 - 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]

16 September 2012

The overnight viewing figures are in for 7.3: A Town Called Mercy.

The episode achieved a figure of 6.6m viewers, with an audience share of 29.1%, and Doctor Who was the third most-watched programme for Saturday, winning its time-slot for the evening.

Top Overnights - Saturday 15th September:

1 - 8.6m - (38.3%) - The X Factor - 20:15 - ITV1
2 - 8.0m - (40.2%) - Strictly Come Dancing - 18:30 - BBC One
3 - 6.6m - (29.1%) - Doctor Who - 19:30 - 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 2012

The overnight viewing figures are in for 7.2: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.5m viewers, with an audience share of 26.2%, and Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme for Saturday, winning its time-slot for the evening.

Top Overnights - Saturday 1st September:

1 - 7.7m - (TBA%) - The X Factor - 20:10 - ITV1
2 - 5.5m - (29.3%) - Doctor Who - 19:35 - BBC One
3 - 3.3m - (TBA%) - Red or Black? - 19:25 - ITV1

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]

4 September 2012

The BBC have released a number of promotional pictures for this week's episode of Doctor Who7.2: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

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+  7.2: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship will air on Saturday 8th September at 7:35pm on BBC One.

+  Read DWO's Spoiler-Free Preview for this story, here.

[Source: BBC Pictures]

3 September 2012

Doctor Who has scooped up a 2012 Hugo award for 6.4: The Doctor's Wife.

The episode was nominated and won the 'Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form' category for the Series 6 episode, written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark.

According to reports, during his acceptance speech for the Hugo Award, Neil Gaiman confirmed he is writing another Doctor Who script stating:

"Only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again...so I'm on the third draft."

It is still unclear whether this will form part of the second half of Series 7 or a later set of episodes.

Also picking up an award in the 'Best Fancast' category was Doctor Who Writer and Author, Paul Cornell for the SF Squeecast.

The 2012 Hugo Awards were presented at Chicon 7; the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, and was held at Chicago's Hyatt Regency.

[Source: Worldcon]

2 September 2012

The overnight viewing figures are in for 7.1: Asylum of the Daleks.

The episode achieved a figure of 6.4m viewers, with an audience share of 29.3%, and Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme for Saturday, winning its time-slot for the evening.

Top Overnights - Saturday 1st September:

1 - 8.6m - (36.8%) - The X Factor - 20:10 - ITV1
2 - 6.4m - (29.3%) - Doctor Who - 19:20 - BBC One
3 - 4.2m - (TBA%) - Casualty - 21:00 - 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 2012

DWO have seen 7.2: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

When Steven Moffat referred to this new series as "filmic" and "like standalone movies", it's difficult to think how such a thing would be possible with the restriction of a 45-minute time-slot - not to mention BBC budgets, but the Doctor Who team being who they are, only went and did it - in spades!

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship sees us travel from Egypt 1334 B.C. to Earth 2367 A.D. and then back in time to the African Plains of 1902 A.D., before we're brought crashing back down to the mundanity of real life in the Pond household. And that's all before the title sequence!

Sure, there's a lot crammed into this 45-minute episode, but rather cleverly (and miraculously) it doesn't feel cluttered or rushed. The Doctor has a total of 5 companions with him on this particular outing (not all of them are willing), and it leads to a surprisingly refreshing gear change that, on paper, shouldn't work, but to watch on screen is thoroughly entertaining.

The idea that The Doctor can pick up a companion of his choosing, anywhere in time and space is really quite fun and explored rather mischievously here - especially when they turn out to be Queen Nefertiti (Riaan Steele) and big-game hunter, John Riddell (Rupert Graves). An odd pairing, but one that works all the same - and with dinosaurs abound, The Doctor is going to need all the help he can get!

We mustn't forget Amy and Rory, though! There's plenty of Pond action for you to be getting on with. Amy in particular comes forward and shows off some of the skills she has learnt from her time travelling with The Doctor. Rory feels a little underused, however, which is a shame considering the momentum of his character development in recent episodes.

Together with a particularly unlikable villain (played by the wonderful David Bradley of Harry Potter fame) as well as two equally unlikeable (though slightly irritating) robot servants (voiced by comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb), Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is incredibly well-rounded.

But lets get to the bit everyone wants to hear about, The Dinosaurs!!! Firstly, they are fantastically well done. The CGI shots are of the highest calibre (kudos to The Mill) and the model shots are so realistic, they give Spielberg's Jurassic Park a run for its money. Speaking of which, there are a couple of obligatory nods to the aforementioned movie, with Murray Gold's awesome score feeling quite John Williams-esque in places.

Writer, Chris Chibnall, has to be commended for this script. It would have been so easy to get carried away with the concept of throwing Dinosaurs into a Doctor Who story, but they're not overused. Everything and, more importantly, everyone, fits together nicely. Action-packed would be a bit of an understatement for this episode, and when you throw the words 'Doctor', 'Triceratops' and 'Golf Ball' together…well…just wait and see!

Five things to look out for...

1) Were introduced to another member of the Pond family (or should that be Williams).

2) It's been 10 Months since the events of Asylum of the Daleks.

3) The Doctor has a gang now!

4) The Doctor still has a Christmas List!

5) "Doctor, after all this time…"

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

31 August 2012

The BBC Doctor Who Website have uploaded the final part (Part 5) of the Pond Life mini-series which can be viewed below:

+  Asylum of the Daleks airs at 7:20pm on BBC One on Saturday 1st September.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

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