Monday, 23 November 2009

'The End Of Time' Press Release

The BBC Press Office has revealed the official press release for 'The End Of Time' and it's very exciting!

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part One
"It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey – but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.

David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield.

The End Of Time – Part One is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part One is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media."

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part Two
"The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder, and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: "He will knock four times."

David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield.

The End Of Time – Part Two is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part Two is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media."

> BBC Doctor Who site

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Saturday, 21 November 2009

'Dreamland' Trailer

The BBC have released a the first trailer for the new animated 'Dreamland' Doctor Who story and it's looking brilliant!

Cannot wait!

> BBC Dr Who 'Dreamland' site

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Friday, 20 November 2009

'The End Of Time' Children In Need Clip!

An Ood civilisation, the new Elder Ood and... The Doctor in a lei? Yes this is the much-anticipated clip of 'The End Of Time' which aired on Children In Need earlier tonight, which you can watch below...

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'The End Of Time' Children In Need Clip

Just a quick post to say, don't forget that there is an exclusive clip of the Doctor Who Christmas 2009 special 'The End Of Time' on Children In Need tonight between 8:00PM and 8:30PM. Part of this clip was released recently as an 8-second clip by the BBC Doctor Who website (look 3 posts ago).

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"Our mission is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our vision is a society where each and every child and young person is supported to realise their potential."

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Thursday, 19 November 2009

His Unhinged Master

John Simm was confirmed a while ago as returning to his role as the sixth incarnation of The Master and he recently spoke to the Daily Mail about his return. He says, "If you thought I was hamming it up in the last one, wait till you see this. I like to be quite subtle, but this doesn't call for subtle. The Master is insane."

"I also used a bit of Caligula and a bit of Tony Blair. But in this, The Master is off the leash. Unhinged. Totally unplugged!" Simm adds, on taking the role again: "It was so I could prove to [my son that] daddy is an actor. He can never watch anything I'm in and this was perfect because he loves Doctor Who."

"There are moments I'll cherish for ever. The best bits about being a screen actor are the moments when the camera is behind you and, as far as the eye can see, you are in that world. There were also moments which were pure Boys' Own fantasy, but I can't say what because I don't want to ruin people's Christmas!"

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'The Waters Of Mars' Overnight Ratings

The unofficial overnight ratings have been released for 'The Waters Of Mars' last Sunday. The figures show that 'The Waters Of Mars' was watched by 9.13 million viewers in total. In the last 10 minutes of the episode, the highest figure came at 9.6 million, a further 310,000 viewers watching on the BBC HD channel and 'The Waters Of Mars' also gathered a total of 33.9% of the total audience while it was airing.

There were 590,000 people who watched the Doctor Who Confidential that followed the episode, called 'Is There Life On Mars?', and a further 100,000 people watched Confidential on BBC HD. So on Sunday Doctor Who was the 3rd watched programme of the whole day, just following behind ITV1's X Factor The Results and the return of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The official BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) audience ratings will be available 27th November on their website.
> BARB website

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Christmas Special 2009 Title & Sound Clip

The official BBC Doctor Who website has revealed the title of the 2009 Christmas special, disproving previous rumours that the title would be 'Nightmares Reign', as 'The End Of Time - Part One' presumably meaning the New Year's Day special will have "Part Two" on the end if its title. This is the first time ever since Doctor Who's return in 2005 that any one story has had just one name with different parts in the title.

In other 'End Of Time news, the BBC Doctor Who website has also added a 8 second sound clip from the episode featuring The Doctor talking, with rather jolly music in the background. It doesn't, however, reveal any more about the Christmas special that we don't already know. You can listen below...

He says:
"So, where were we? I was summoned wasn't I? By the Ood in the snow... calling to me."

> BBC Dr Who site - Title announcement
> BBC Dr Who site - Audio clip

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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

'The End Of Time' Trailer & Screenshots

'The End Of Time' trailer aired directly after 'The Waters Of Mars', as we all know. Here's the trailer...

And if you want to see every single shot, here are 5 of the 45 screenshots...

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Friday, 13 November 2009

David Tennant on Fearne Cotton Radio Show

David Tennant appeared on Fearne Cotton's show today on BBC Radio 1 just before 11 o'clock to promote 'The Waters Of Mars'. The two chatted about David's time on Doctor Who, Wales, answered questions from listeners (quite a few associated with food, oddly) and three of David's favourite songs were thrown in the Music Generator to find a new song to his liking.

> Listen again (David is about 1 hour 40 minutes into the show)

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Radio Times 'Waters Of Mars' Cover

The Radio Times for this week is now available in shops and features Doctor Who's 25th cover of the magazine since 2005! And a very intriguing cover it is too...

The magazine also includes an article by Doctor Who Magazine's very own Benjamin Cook on the scariness of this episode and includes some reminders of previous scares and "when Doctor Who went too far" from three of the classic episodes.

> Radio Times website

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Monday, 9 November 2009

David Tennant on Graham Norton Show

Tonight David Tennant will be on The Graham Norton Show, promoting 'The Waters Of Mars'. The Graham Norton Show 'people' sent Dr Who Online a message for all the Doctor Who fans and it is as follows...

"Hello Dr who fans!
   We have the fabulous David Tennant joining us on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show this week, and we would like to invite a limited number of Dr Who fans to join us in the audience, for no charge.
   If you would like to come and join us, please email me, with a few details about how long you have been a fan of Dr Who for, and what makes you such a big fan. The email address is Please don’t forget to include your CONTACT DETAILS!
   We will be filming on Thursday 5th November at 5.30pm in London, Waterloo.
Please note you have to be over 18 to come to the show."

However, and I know this is obvious, but I have to stress that this offer does not exist any more! lol

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> Watch again on BBC iPlayer

Friday, 6 November 2009

Buzzcocks Doctor Who Special

Phil Jupitus has revealed on his Twitter page that on Wednesday 16th December there will be a Never Mind The Buzzcocks special Doctor Who themed episode - David Tennant is the guest host of the episode. On Phil Jupitus' team will be Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott - Donna's granddad) and Jo Whiley (Radio 1 DJ and big Doctor Who fan). On Noel Fielding's team is Catherine Tate (Donna! Hooray!) and Jamie Cullum (singer).

But in a twist for the Christmas special, the game will feature machines. The Doctor's other enemies,suchas the Cybermen and the Ood, will also make appearances. Meanwhile the Tardis will be on hand to help team members with the trickier questions.

> Phil Jupitus Twitter page

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

The Future of Torchwood

Russell T Davies has spoken to the official Torchwood Magazine about the plans for Torchwood's future. Davies said he would have no difficultly continuing the story of Torchwood from the ending of 'Children of Earth'.

"I could write you scene one of series four right now. I know exactly how to pick it up. I've got a shape in mind, and I've got stories. I know where you'd find Gwen and Rhys, and their baby, and Jack, and I know how you'd go forward with a new form of Torchwood."

He added: "If the BBC asked for another 13 one-part stories, that's what we'd do. I'm ready for anything, but I think it works well as one continuous story. But if the BBC decide they want 13 one-offs, I'll suddenly decide that's the best format in the world!"

> Visit the new Torchwood Fansite

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BBC One 'Waters of Mars' Trailer!

"The beginning of the end..."
There's a new trailer for 'Waters of Mars' to air on BBC One including chilling lines in it and quite a few jaw-droppingly good CG landscapes of Mars...

Isn't it so good?

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

New 'Waters of Mars' Clip from The Guardian

The Guardian newspaper have put a new clip of 'Waters of Mars' onto their website and it shows all the crew of Bowie Base One, The Doctor being confronted by Captain Adelaide, and Andy and Maggie taking a look at the plants. Take a look...

> Guardian page

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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Newsround 'Waters of Mars' Review

Newsround - CBBC's children's news programme - have added their review of 'The Waters of Mars' to their website and you can read it in full below, but be warned it does contain some spoilers for the story!

The story
The latest Doctor Who adventure sees David Tennant arrive on a human colony in Mars 50 years in the future. At first the colonists see the Doctor as a threat but they soon need his help when an alien virus starts to transform the crew into monsters.
Fierce battle:
The bug is coming from the water and threatens to wipe out the colony and the Doctor is their only hope. But will he come to the rescue and change the course of history? The crew of the colony are world famous and the Doctor reckons it is really important that he does not change what happens in the year 2059.
He knows he shouldn't take the law of time into his own hands this time round but when he sees the humans on the colony fighting to survive he just can't help but get involved. But can he handle the consequences? The Waters of Mars shows the Doctor battling with his own thoughts and his fear that his role as the Time Lord might have gone too far? Has the time come for the Doctor retire from the Tardis? You will have to tune in on 15 November to find out.

The characters
The familiar character of the Doctor changes a little in this episode. He seems troubled by his conscience and really wants to walk away from the monsters on Mars. Of course you can expect the usual funny bits when the Doctor baffles other characters with his razor sharp wit.
The other main character is Captain Adelaide who is in charge of the colony on Mars. She seems pretty scary at first and the kind of person you wouldn't want to disagree with but she does show a softer side later in the programme. Other characters include the rest of the crew and of course the creatures created by the Waters of Mars.

One of the best and most scary bits is when you first see the transformation of the first crew member to be infected with the water virus. You will be on the edge of your seat and be prepared for a bit of a fright. Another highlight is when the Doctor turbocharges a robot to hitch a ride and escape the monsters. And it's the same robot which saves the day, having been sent to start up the Tardis by the Doctor.

Any weak bits?
The weakest bit was the fact that we are not told what the Doctor is doing on Mars. He just seems to appear there at the start of the episode. The only other weak part were the monsters costumes. They could have been a little scarier.

Hit or miss?
Definitely a HIT. This is a classic Doctor Who episode and one you won't want to miss.
This episode is one of the darkest yet and full of moments that will have you hiding behind the sofa. It is action packed and has a twist in the tale you really won't see coming.
All that AND it's the second last time you will see David Tennant as the Time Lord.

Newsround have given 'The Waters of Mars' a 4 out of 5.

> Newsround review page

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Monday, 2 November 2009

'The Waters Of Mars' Air Date - UK and US

The official broadcast dates of 'The Waters of Mars' for the UK and the US have been confirmed. The UK broadcast has been confirmed as November 15th 2009 on BBC One at 7:00PM - the date rumoured among fans for a while previous to the confirmation - and will also be aired in America on December 19th on BBC America.

'The Waters Of Mars' guest-stars include Lindsay Duncan as Adelaide (the woman in charge of Bowie Base One), Peter O'Brian as Ed (Adelaide's second-in-command) and Chook Sibtain (who previously appeared as Mr Grantham in SJA 'Warriors of the Kudlak') as Tarak Ital.

David Tennant has said of 'The Waters Of Mars': "It tells a different sort of story, I think, and it's a long time into the episode before The Doctor takes control. That's what's unnerving about it - it's not the standard structure. We expect The Doctor to take control earlier - we expect The Doctor to know how he's going to do it and how he's going to win through and he doesn't. Even though he wins in the end it's a bitter sweet victory. People die. That's part of the story we have to tell to go where we're going."

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

'The Waters Of Mars' Publicity Pictures

The BBC has released new publicity images for 'The Waters Of Mars', including quite a few of the new enemy The Flood. Click images to enlarge...

The first promo picture for this second 2009 special, with The Flood in the background in the forms of (from left) Andy, Tarak and Maggie.

Adelaide and The Doctor come across Andy and Tarak in the same scene as the first clip released of this episode.

The Doctor, Adelaide and not Wall-E.

Tracks of fire!

Andy is infected by The Flood.

Adelaide and The Doctor have lot of running to do.

Maggie's infected.

Adelaide and The Doctor.

Tarak among the greenery inside Bowie Base One.

Looks like Adelaide and The Doctor have made a discovery.

Ed, Adelaide and The Doctor watch an infected Maggie through glass.

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