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Welcome to the News & Reviews section here at Doctor Who Online! This is where you will find all the latest Doctor Who related news and reviews split up into easy to use sections - each section is colour coded for your convenience. The latest items can be found at the top, and older items follow down the page.

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24 November 2011

The BBC have released some more promo images from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special; The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

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]

23 November 2011

Our friends over at SciFi Now Magazine have been in touch with a pre-Christmas treat, exclusive to DWO!

The most feverishly anticipated event in the calendar, the star-studded winter-warmer that is the Doctor Who Christmas Special, and like greedy children SciFi Now Magazine opened the final door first and gobbled up the TARDIS-shaped chocolate within.

On a very un-Christmassy day in October, SciFiNow rolled up to a patch of Cardiff drenched in snow, tinsel and cheer. In a little corner of the world frozen in time and date-locked to 24 December, 1941, they caught up with Matt Smith – the titular Time Lord himself! – and the comedic Oceans’ 11 of garrulous guest stars – Bill Bailey, Alexander Armstrong, Arabella Weir and Paul Bazely – to discover how deep their links to Doctor Who go, as well as what’s coming in Season Seven, and which classic monsters are set to return.

With no spoilers, but plenty of teasers, check out the first two pages of their on-set spectacular, exclusively on Doctor Who Online [available right], and read the rest in SciFiNow Issue #61, available in all good newsagents, online from the ImageShop, or for iPads and iPhones from Apple Newsstand.

[Source: SciFi Now]

22 November 2011

The BBC have released the third official promotional image from this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

The image [pictured right] shows The Doctor (Matt Smith) with his trusty Sonic Screwdriver against a snowy backdrop.

Synopsis:

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true...

+  The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe airs on Christmas Day, Time TBC on BBC One.

[Source: BBC]

22 November 2011

The BBC have released the second official promotional image from this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

The image [pictured right] shows The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Lily (Holly Earl) in a snow-laiden forest.

Synopsis:

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true...

+  The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe airs on Christmas Day, Time TBC on BBC One.

[Source: BBC]

18 November 2011

The BBC have unveiled the title and trailer for the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

The title, which was announced during Tonight's Children In Need campaign on BBC, was finally revealed as: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

View the trailer below:

+  The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe will air on BBC One on Christmas Day, Time TBC.

[Source: BBC]

17 November 2011

The BBC have released the first official image from this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special.

The image [pictured right] shows The Doctor running down a fiery circular corridor, pointing his Sonic Screwdriver.

The as-yet untitled special will air on Christmas Day, with the exact time to be confirmed. Various rumours suggest the title may link in with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. 'The Lion, The Witch and The TARDIS' is a possible contender, but as always, nothing is official until confirmed by the BBC.

[Source: BBC]

31 October 2011

It's taken a while for these to surface, but way back when the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who was coming to an end, the cast and crew got together to produce some fun videos to mark their time on the show, which were shown at the wrap party.

Two of these videos have now appeared online which we can include for your viewing pleasure below.

The first video stars David Tennant and the cast and crew performing '500 Miles' by The Proclaimers:

Ths second video features John Barrowman, David Tennant and Catherine Tate singing an RTD / Julie Gardener themed version of 'Let's Do It Tonight' entitled 'The Ballad of Russell & Julie':

How fantastic were they?! Don't forget to leave your feedback on the DWO YouTube Channel comments page for each of the videos.

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[Source: YouTube]

28 October 2011

The campaign to save Doctor Who Confidential, which was recently axed by the BBC is doing exceptionally well with over 50,000+ fans having now signed the online petition!

As of 2:00pm today, the petition has achieved 51,539 signatures and at the end of the day a total count will be sent to the BBC Trust.

Did you know, if the campaign achieves just 49,000+ more signatures, the matter has to be discussed by UK parliament. Hopefully those involved at axing the show will see sense before then, but in the meantime a huge thanks needs to go out to the @SaveDWC team as well as each and every fan who has signed the petition.

Get involved and help Save Doctor Who Confidential!:

+  Send a complaint to the BBC regarding the cancellation of Doctor Who Confidential!

+  Sign the online petition, which currently has over 15,000+ signatures!

+  Follow the @SaveDWC Twitter account!

[Source: DWO]

27 October 2011

The BBC Press Office has confirmed that this year's Children In Need BBC One schedule will include a sneak peak at the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

It is not yet known exactly what the sneak peek will include, but it is likely to be the first minute or two of the, as yet untitled, Christmas Special.

The Children In Need television appeal begins on BBC One on Friday 17th November 2011.

+  Click Here to Donate to Children In Need!

[Source: BBC Press Office]

15 October 2011

Thursday saw the launch of BBC Books The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012, and lurking within the (completely awesome) 164 pages of Doctor Who goodness, lies a wonderful interview with showrunner, Steven Moffat, who goes on to talk about the 2013 series.

Speaking to renowned interviewer, Benjamin Cook, Moffat describes the anniversary year in one word: "Scale".

...And then a few more words: "Epic, huge, massive, indulgent... all your treats at once. The BBC is committed to the 50th anniversary, everyone is committed to it... and I guarantee you it's going to be the best year ever to be a Doctor Who fan. We're going to be in production for longer than ever, just to do everything that we intend to do".

+  The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 is Out Now, priced £12.99.

+  Compare Prices for this product on CompareTheDalek.com!

[Source: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012]

3 October 2011

The BBC has announced that a new Doctor Who Adventure Game – The Gunpowder Plot – will be available to download via the Doctor Who website from 31st October 2011.

The Doctor Who Adventure Game: The Gunpowder Plot features a star-studded cast, including Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Ralf Little as Guy Fawkes, Phil Daniels as Town Crier, Emilia Fox as the 14th Plotter and CBBC presenter Chris Johnson as Barnaby. It will offer players a unique experience of one of the most important and memorable moments in British history.

Ralf Little, who plays Guy Fawkes in the game, says: "It is a way of bringing the story alive to, probably, millions of kids who are aware of the name Guy Fawkes because of November the 5th, but not actually really understand what the historical significance is behind it."

Written by Phil Ford, voice directed by Gary Russell and produced by a team drawing on the very best talent from TV and the games industry, the Adventure Game was executive produced by Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden, alongside Charles Cecil, one of video gaming's most revered creators. The game is being developed by independent UK game development studio Sumo Digital Ltd.

Commissioned by Victoria Jaye, Head of IPTV and TV Online Content, BBC Vision – in collaboration with Controller of BBC Learning, Saul Nassé – the game provides audiences with a unique way to learn about one of the most significant periods in British history, through an interactive experience of one of the UK's best-loved programmes. The last four-game series, released in 2010, exceeded all expectations with more than 2.8m downloads requested so far.

Victoria Jaye says: "We're always looking at ways to bring Doctor Who stories to life for the audience beyond broadcast television, seizing the creative potential of digital platforms to delight fans with new ways to engage with characters and story worlds."

The game will be available for UK households on PC and Mac as a free download from the Doctor Who website.

[Source: BBC Press Office]

29 September 2011

Yesterday was a dark day for Doctor Who fans, as news came in about the cancellation of Doctor Who companion series, Doctor Who Confidential.

Since that news, all corners of the internet have come together to show their support by signing online petitions, tweeting and emailing their concerns to the BBC.

Some of the older fans are particularly passionate to this campaign due to poignant memories of the cancellation of Doctor Who back in 1989, and with even more fans of the show now, the question remains if enough support can actually save the companion show?

Details have emerged today that the BBC have received over 1,100 complaints regarding Doctor Who Confidential's cancellation, with confimation being posted on the show's official Facebook page.

This Saturday will be the last episode of Doctor Who Confidential for the forseeable future, but you can do your part to show your support for the show using any one (or all) of the options below:

+  Send a complaint to the BBC regarding the cancellation of Doctor Who Confidential!

+  Sign the online petition, which currently has over 15,000+ signatures!

+  Follow the @SaveDWC Twitter account!

There is no guarantee that any of the above will ensure the safety of the show, but any show of support is a step in the right direction. With enough fans on board, who knows what could happen?!

[Source: DWO]

28 September 2011

The BBC is to axe Doctor Who Confidential, the BBC3 spin-off from its sci-fi drama, as part of the corporation's ongoing cuts programme.

Doctor Who Confidential, which features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Doctor Who as well as interviews with the cast and crew, has aired in an early evening slot on BBC3 since 2005, when the corporation revived the main series with Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Time Lord.

However, with the corporation facing budget cuts of up to 20% across its output as part of its Delivering Quality First initiative, BBC controller Zai Bennett has chosen to axe the show at the end of its current series.

Bennett is understood to be pursuing a strategy of focusing investment on original commissions in post-watershed time slots. Since taking over, he has decommissioned shows including Ideal, Hotter Than My Daughter, Coming of Age and long-running sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Speaking last month at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Bennett said: "It's about focusing my budget on 9pm and 10.30pm; those are the time slots that count. Budgets are tight, so we have to be sensible with the money we have."

Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, will unveil the corporation's cost-cutting strategy – the outcome of the DQF process – on 6th October. It is thought to include proposals to exploit greater "synergies" between BBC1 and BBC3, with the digital channel acting as a "nursery slope" for its terrestrial cousin. BBC3 will also fill a greater proportion of its 7pm to 9pm slots with repeats of BBC1 shows.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Doctor Who Confidential has been a great show for BBC3 over the years but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel."

DWO have been contactd by a fan who has started a campaign via Twitter to save the show, you can follow @SaveDWC here.

+  Follow DWO on Twitter!

[Source: The Guardian]

26 September 2011

The final BARB viewing figures are in for 6.11: The God Complex.

The episode achieved a final figure of 6.77m viewers, with an audience share of 28.3%. This is compared to the overnight's which reached 5.2m viewers, with an audience share of 23.8%, meaning a total time shift of +1.57m viewers.

Figures do not include BBC iPlayer downloads for this episode, which have nearly a million downloads so far.

The episode also achieved an AI score of 86.

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

[Source: Andy Parish]

25 September 2011

The overnight viewing figures are in for 6.12: Closing Time.

The episode achieved a figure of 5.3m viewers, with an audience share of 24.6%, and Doctor Who was the third most-watched programme for Saturday:

Top Overnights - Saturday 24th September:

1 - 10.0 - (43.0%) - The X Factor - 20:00 - ITV 1

2 - 5.6 - (26.7%) - All Star Family Fortunes - 18:45 - ITV 1

3 - 5.3 - (24.6%) - Doctor Who - 19:10 - 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]

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