The BBC have released some more promotional images from this year’s Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, starring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman.
The BBC have released a short video featuring Paul McGann discussing his return to Doctor Who, reprising his role as the Eighth Doctor in The Night of the Doctor.
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars – and amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
The hour-long festive adventure sees the departure of Matt Smith and the debut of Peter Capaldi in the lead role.
Check out this stunning original animation by Richard Swarbrick… which does have a slight resemblance to a certain 80′s A-Ha video.
The final ratings for The Day of the Doctor have now been confirmed at a whopping 12.8 million viewers!
The episode was narrowly beaten on the night by Strictly Come Dancing but has now raced ahead, with the highest ever time-shift figures recorded for the series.
A further 2.7 million people accessed the episode via BBC iPlayer, with over a million downloads on Sunday 24th November alone, making it the most accessed programme for the month and the third highest for the year so far.
It’s December and the sherry and mince pies are in abundance. Simon and Nick return with this festive edition of the Pubcast. Due to all the eggnog they have an even harder time keeping on topic this episode but there is much chatting galore. This episode they try and talk about The Christmas Invasion, The Feast of Steven and present some unheard bits of their interviews from October’s podcast.
A Merry Christmas to all of you at home!
It was only a few weeks ago that Radio Times celebrated 50 years of Doctor Who with a bumper twelve-cover edition, and now the Time Lord graces it’s cover yet again promoting the Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor, marking the end of the Matt Smith era.
It’s mere weeks until Matt Smith bids a fond farewell to Doctor Who but we couldn’t let him go without one final hurrah – and a Radio Times cover, of course. This week’s magazine marks Matt’s 13th appearance on the cover as the Doctor, matching the record held by his predecessor, David Tennant. And just in time for the arrival of the 13th Doctor. Neat, eh?
And there are plenty more Doctor Who treats in store this week. For those of you who enjoyed our exclusive message from Matt Smith to celebrate the Doctor’s 50th birthday, we’ve got another from the doors of the Tardis plus a sneak peek behind the scenes on our cover shoot. Download the Blippar app and point your phone at the magazine to unlock all the exclusive content, including a gallery of all 13 of Matt Smith’s Radio Times Doctor Who covers and a complete episode guide to all the 11th Doctor’s adventures
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got Matt Smith’s final interview reflecting on his last days as the Time Lord and revealing his Hollywood hipster ambitions. One man who predicts a long and successful career for Smith is Steven Moffat who praises his lead Doctor Who actor – along with his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – for their wise career choices.
The magazine is on sale from today, Saturday 30 November 2013.
Some writers are like a seal of quality, Bob Holmes, David Whittaker, Ben Aaranovitch, Paul Cornell and RTD to name the best from the TV series. A seal of quality for me for the Big Finishaudio range is Jonathan Morris, and he is the writer of the fab 1963: The Space Race.
It’s a rarity for Big Finish to pair up “Old Sixie” and Peri in the main range, but boy am I glad they did in this story. In this audio Morris captures their spikey yet affectionate relationship perfectly.
So what about the story, well, due to a TARDIS malfunction a landing is forced in the Steppes of Kazakstan in early November 1963, and a few minutes late the Doctor and Peri have discovered four murdered Soviet Scientists, almost been blown up and then mistaken for the dead scientists, all in the first 10 minutes, it really does zip along at a breakneck pace.
They are soon embroiled in a mystery surrounding a missing cosmonaut who has been lost on the dark side of the moon, it reminds me very much of the Ambassadors of Death, and, as most people listening to this play would have seen that story, then Morris plays with the listeners expectations, especially when contact is restored with the capsule, when it is finally brought in and the capsule is opened, the contents are not what anyone, characters or listeners, expected…..
To give away any more would spoil the surprises that Jonathan Morris has written for us, but what we get is part Cold War espionage thriller, part base under siege, part space opera but all pure classic Doctor Who – and the star of the show yet again is Old Sixie himself, Colin Baker. Listen out during episode three when Baker gives us one of those marvellous grandstanding speeches that Doctor’s do so well on the subject of the human race, the hairs on the back if my arms stood on end, it really is up there with Tom Baker’s famous “Homo Sapiens” speech from Ark in Space.
Sound design is superb, really atmospheric, you do get the impression that you are listening to a play set in a military bunker and the music it suitably “soviet” in its feel.
Overall, a cracking multi-layered thriller full of surprises written by one of the best Doctor Who writers in any format – come on Cardiff, commission Jonathan Morris for a TV script!
Final Score 8.5/10
Written by Ed Watkinson
November 1963, and the Soviet space programme reigns supreme. Having sent the first animals, then the first men beyond Earth’s atmosphere, now they’re sending a manned capsule into orbit around the Moon.
Just as Vostok Seven passes over into the dark side, however, its life support system fails. Only the intervention of the Sixth Doctor and Peri, adopting the identities of scientists from Moscow University, means that contact with the capsule is regained.
But something has happened to the cosmonaut on board. She appears to have lost her memory, and developed extreme claustrophobia. Maybe she’s not quite as human as she used to be…
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Karen Henson (Larisa Petrov), David Shaw-Parker (General Mikhail Leonov/General Paterson), Tom Alexander (Captain Alexei Kozlov/Lieutenant Andrews), Stuart Denman (Sergeant Leonid Kurakin/Scientist), Samantha Béart (Marinka Talanov/Female Worker)
Written By: Jonathan Morris
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Thanks to Big Finish
Atmosphere is very important in story-telling, it sets the scene, gives it a sense of time, place and tone, and the latest release from Big Finish 1963: The Assassination Games is literally dripping with atmosphere.
I was immediately transported back to the Britain of the era; echoes of the Profumo Scandal, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Decline of Empire and the rise of CND ooze out of this audio drama.
It is into this background that the Seventh Doctor and Ace are placed, though in true Seventh Doctor style, they hardly appear in the first episode, having been in deep cover investigating for a while. The story also reintroduces us to the “Counter Measures” team headed by Group Captain Gilmore and ably assisted by Professor Rachel Jensen and Alison Williams, last seen in Remembrance of the Daleks, they are investigating the assassination of the Minister of Defence by an anti-nuclear extremist and also the developer of a new type of Nuclear weapon called Star Strike, Sir Gideon Vale. Atmosphere again, think Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and you won’t be far from the mark.
I make no secret that Sylvester McCoy is my favourite classic era Doctor, I love his almost god-like persona, his foreknowledge, his playing of games – and boy is he on form here, he has been playing this game a while, his cover being revealed is the cliffhanger to part one, he really is in the lion’s den and relishes that the other lions think he is their prey and can’t see that it really is the other way around. The story zips along at fast pace, lots of treachery and counter treachery and ends up dangling a new story arc for the Seventh Doctor and Ace…..
This is another winner from Big Finish, they are on a roll at the moment, a real purple patch and sees the whole cast on top form.
Written by Ed Watkinson
London. The end of November, 1963. A time of change. The old guard are being swept away by the white heat of technology. Political scandals are the talk of the town. Britain tries to maintain its international role; fanatics assassinate charismatic politicians and Group Captain Ian Gilmore is trying to get his fledgling Counter-Measures unit off the ground.
When his life is saved by a familiar umbrella-bearing figure, he knows something terrible is going on. Whilst Rachel investigates an enigmatic millionaire and Allison goes undercover in an extremist organisation, Gilmore discovers a sinister plot with roots a century old.
The Doctor and Ace are back in town. A new dawn is coming. It’s time for everyone… to see the Light.
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Oliver Cotton (Sir Gideon Vale/Handler), Gemma Saunders (Eleanor Vale/Amanda Caulfield), Gerald Kyd (Martin Regan/Sir Robert Devere/Mulryne), Alisdair Simpson (Sir Francis White/Ritchie)
Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Thanks to Big Finish
Readers can interact with Doctor Who content in a completely new way and this amazing interactive edition comes with a cool Eleventh Doctor dress-up set, which includes a sonic screwdriver, a fez, a bow tie and 3D glasses.
Out now, after downloading the free Blippar App and pointing a smartphone or tablet at the magazine pages, readers can use their device to:
- Discover an awesome moving cover with a swirling vortex featuring all the Doctors.
- Put their face on a monster!
- Watch a top tip from everyone’s favourite Sontaran, Commander Strax!
- See the fantastic comic come alive.
- Put on the Doctor dress-up set then your picture taken with the TARDIS, Clara, Cybermen, Strax or Daleks.
- There’s a 3D monster fact file, super-scary Weeping Angel poster and amazing 3D Dalek poster which uses Blippar to bring it to life.
- Plus an exclusive interview with David Tennant and Matt Smith which features a link to watch a video of them talking about what’s next for Doctor Who.
- Finally, there’s a behind-the-scenes feature showing the First Doctor’s TARDIS being constructed at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.
Moray Laing, Editor of Doctor Who Adventures magazine, said:
We pride ourselves on bringing our readers closer to the action-packed world of their favourite show and this time we’ve taken the magazine to another dimension. Blippar has allowed us to play around with some of the scariest monsters in the universe to create fantastic interactive content which we know our imaginative readers will love!
Issue 334 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale until 9 December 2013.
The BBC have revealed the title and details of this year’s Christmas Special – The Time of the Doctor, and released two versions of the show’s festive promotional image featuring Matt Smith in his final adventure as the Eleventh Doctor. Check out the synopsis below:
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
There’s also a surprise appearance by the Doctor’s next incarnation in the images below – look closely into the flames…
The BBC has issued the following press release:
Doctor Who’s biggest moment in history was celebrated around the world this weekend as Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor , was watched by 10.6 Million viewers on BBC One, simulcast in 94 countries around the world and shown in over 1500 cinemas.
The Doctors embarked on their greatest adventure in the 50th anniversary 75 minute special episode, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper, John Hurt, a surprise appearance from Tom Baker and a glance of the new Doctor Peter Capaldi.
Along with a BBC One peak audience of 10.6M and average 10.2million (37.4% share) on Saturday night, The Day of the Doctor was simulcast in 94 countries including UK, US, Canada, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Panama, Peru.
834 cinemas around the world also screened the episode live at 7.50PM with 1559 in total showing the Anniversary episode.
Writer and executive producer Steven Moffat says: “10.2 million. I’m astonished and moved – and that’s only the score so far, that’s just the overnights. I speak from personal experience when I say that there’s nothing better the morning after your 50th birthday than knowing you’ve still got it. Happy birthday Doctor – go get ’em you old devil!”
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says: “The 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who was a spectacular event on BBC One that really brought the nation together, cutting through time and space to simulcast in 94 countries and celebrate this great British icon.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama adds: “What a triumph! I couldn’t be prouder of Steven, Faith and the team for pulling together such a blinder of an episode. Not only a great celebration of a great show, it also perfectly showcased why the BBC remains such a great and important institution.”
BBC Three followed the episode with Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, hosted by Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards, which drew 1.3 million viewers as Matt Smith and guests discussed the Doctor’s most epic adventure yet.
The success of the celebrations also included BBC Two’s An Adventure in Space and Time, a special one-off drama by Mark Gatiss that travels back in time to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen, which gained an average audience of 2.2M viewers and 9.7% share on Thursday night.
Also on BBC Two Professor Brian Cox explored the universe of the world’s favourite Time Lord in The Science of Doctor Who, with 2.6 million viewers (12.1% share), plus an hour-long special of BBC Two’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show presented Me, You And Doctor Who.
BBC Three content also included a Monsters And Villains Weekend, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide Who and there was also programming across CBBC with 12 Again, two Blue Peter specials, and a Blue Peter competition giving viewers aged between six and 14 the opportunity to design a new gadget that will become part of the iconic series.
The exclusive Doctor Who mini episode, The Night of the Doctor, for BBC iPlayer had over one million requests on iPlayer in its first three days – the top performing programme on iPlayer during this period.
In total, Doctor Who programmes have been requested on BBC iPlayer more than 100 million times over BBC iPlayer’s history and is one of the most successful programme brands on iPlayer. Doctor Who also features in the top ten most-requested individual episodes on BBC iPlayer of all time (Series 5, episode 1, The Eleventh Hour, with nearly three million requests).
It’s not just TV where audiences joined in the celebrations; programming across Radio 2, Radio 1 and Radio 4 Extra also marked the 50th.
Google even joined in the celebrations with its most ambitious doodles – a special game to celebrate the 50th Anniversary for 24 hours globally.
The Day of the Doctor was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran. Executive produced by Steven Moffat, Head of Drama BBC Cymru Wales, Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin.
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guiness World Records, presented a certificate to showrunner Steven Moffat today at the ExCel Centre in London, saying:
Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest-running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.
Accepting the award, Moffat said:
For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!
Tim Davie, BBC Worldwide’s chief executive officer, said:
We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a royal wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages.
If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.
In celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who Guinness Word Records has also compiled a list of the programme’s other achievements.
Thanks to the Doctor Who News Page
A BBC image of the eleven Doctors released last month has been updated to include the John Hurt version of the Doctor between the Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston incarnations.
The Day of the Doctor was watched by 10.2 million viewers in the UK according to unofficial overnight figures.
The 50th Anniversary adventure achieved an audience share of 37.4% of the total television audience, beating ITV’s The X Factor, which had 7.7 million watching.
Doctor Who was the second most-watched show of the day, with Strictly Come Dancing just edging into first place with 10.6 million viewers. ITV’s other big hitter, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, came in at number 4 with 9.2 million watching. 5th for the day was a special Doctor Who-themed edition of Pointless Celebrities which had 5.0 million viewers.
Doctor Who is currently the third most-watched programme for the week.
The figures include those who watched the show live on BBC One, or who recorded it and watched it before 2am. They do not include those watching on iPlayer or at any of the multiple cinema showings.
Final official figures will be released next week.
Thanks to the Doctor Who News Page