Saturday, 31 December 2011

"The UNIT Files" DVD - First Look Extras

The BBC have released a few videos ahead of the Unit Files DVDwhich is due for release on 9 January 2012. The boxset consists of the Jon Pertwee story, "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" and the Tom Baker story, "The Android Invasion". The boxset is available on £22.47.

First up, two classic clips from "Invasion of the Dinosaurs":

Next, from "The Android Invasion" extras - the problems involved in the Kraal costume:

Milton Johns and the crew ponder the eyepatch storyline in "The Android Invasion":

Finally, one of the best producers the show has ever had, Philip Hinchcliffe, talks about how he made a cliffhanger in "The Android Invasion" much creepier:

As mentioned, the Unit Files DVDis due for release on 9 January 2012- priced £22.47 from

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Viewing Figures - AI for Christmas Special

The Audience Appreciation Index score for "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" was 84. This is a score out of a hundred and measures how much the audience enjoyed the programme. 84 is in the "excellent" category and most other shows on Christmas Day averaged around 82.

"The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" was the second highest score of the day - only beaten by "Downton Abbey" which had an amazing 92 AI.

Video - Another Happy Christmas Message from Matt..

This time it's from BBC Worldwide:

Monday, 26 December 2011

Review - "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe"

The rules pertaining to a "Doctor Who" Christmas episode are somewhat different to that of a normal episode. There are three things that need to be taken into account. First, there will probably be a large number of casual viewers who may only have ever seen one or two episodes before - therefore the Christmas episode has to essentially be standalone. Secondly, it cannot be a complex story. After all, your viewers are tuning in after being stuffed full of turkey - not to mention the odd beer or two. Thirdly - and perhaps the most obvious point - it HAS to be Christmassy. "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" can be held up as a prime example of a Christmas episode - with the added bonus of a high emotional impact throughout.

The pre-credits sequence was utterly breath-taking - visually stunning and highly charged as the Doctor dashes through exploding corridors and plummets to Earth after the falling spacesuit. Having "arrived" on Earth -lying prone in a crater with his helmet on backwards - Madge Arwell comes to his aid and helps him to find the Tardis. This is where a small piece of dialogue serves to highlight the difference between 11 and some of his predecessors. The "make a wish...that usually works" comment - apart from raising a smile - gives a nod towards 11, for all his goofy excitability, being less of an "avenging angel" Doctor and more of a cross between Santa and Peter Pan.

Overnight Viewing Figures

The initial overnight viewing figures have been released and "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" took the third spot in the chart.

"Eastenders" was top with 9.9million, "Coronation Street" second with 9.3million and "Doctor Who" came third with an excellent 8.9million. "Downton Abbey" was in fourth with 8.6million.

The final BARB figures which take into account those who record and watch it within a week should be released next week.

Great result for "Doctor Who" though.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Videos - Matt Smith and Steven Moffat on the Christmas Special

The BBC have released another couple of videos. In the first video, Matt Smith discusses the dangerous side of the shoot for "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe":

In the second video, Steven Moffat talks about the Christmas Special:

Video - Matt Smith's Happy Christmas message

This is from the Official Doctor Who facebook page:

Matt also sent a tweet via the BBC Doctor Who Twitter account which reads:

Doctor Who fans everywhere in the universe! I hope u have a joyous hearty happy Xmas! Eat chocolate for breakfast! Merry Xmas one and all! x

And a Happy Christmas from us too...

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Video Clip - New clip from "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe"

During "The Graham Norton Show" tonight, they aired a new clip from "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe":

Honestly, these preview clips are fantastic - can't wait for the episode itself.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Promos from "The Graham Norton Show"

A few pictures have emerged of Matt Smith on tonight's "Graham Norton Show". Personally, I think that last one is a cracker...

Video - Christmas 2011 Q&A

The BBC have released 3 video clips from the recent Q&A hosted by Richard Bacon following the special press screening of "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe". have merged the three together into one pretty cool video clip. The Moff and Matt Smith talk about the Christmas Special, the departure of the Ponds, regenerations and how long Matt plans to stay:

Thanks to for the video clips.

Video clip - 2nd Preview Clip of "The Graham Norton Show"

A must watch...

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Video Clip - Matt Smith on "The Graham Norton Show"

The BBC have released a clip from tomorrow's "Graham Norton Show" featuring Matt Smith and Gillian Anderson - in this one they talk about fandom and Comic-Con:

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Arthur Darvill to attend the Official Doctor Who Convention

BBC Worldwide have announced more guests for the Official Doctor Who Convention in March. Arthur Darvill leads the charge of new guests that also include Tom MacRae, Stuart Milligan and Simon Fisher-Becker. The full press release is:

BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that Arthur Darvill, who plays the Doctor’s companion Rory Williams in the BBC’s hit sci-fi show, will be joining The Doctor Matt Smith and the series’ Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat at the ultimate Doctor Who fan event in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre next March.

Further additions to the all-star line-up today include long term Casting Director Andy Pryor, Author and Screenwriter Tom MacRae, Director of Photography Stephan Pehrsson, Script Editor Caroline Henry – and actors Stuart Milligan and Simon Fisher-Becker.

The Convention is a full day event that will give Doctor Who enthusiasts an amazing chance to delve into the inner workings of the hit TV show and learn how it is created – a journey from script to screen. With unique access to the cast and production crew, this event offers fans a rare chance to see behind-the-scenes of the world’s longest running sci-fi show.

Tickets include three panel discussions with key cast and crew and Doctor Who production teams showing live pyrotechnics and prosthetic demonstrations. PLUS a chance to talk to the creators of some of the iconic costumes in the props and costume exhibit.

Tickets are on general sale now, priced at £99 and available at:

All tickets include:

• Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket.
• Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass.
• Official Doctor Who Convention exclusive behind the scenes images postcard pack.
• Official Doctor Who Convention bag.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Doctor Who: Worlds in Time - Open Preview

BBC Worldwide have launched the open preview of the long-awaited "Doctor Who: Worlds in Time" multiplayer online game. You can play the game at Doctor Who: Worlds in Time and the full press release is below:
BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games today announced the open preview launch of Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, the new browser-based, free-to-play multiplayer online game. Developed in partnership with Three Rings, an award-winning developer of persistent online worlds, such as Puzzle Pirates and Spiral Knights, the game is the first-ever multiplayer game based on the Doctor Who television series.

Beginning today at, Doctor Who fans and gamers everywhere can enjoy the mystery and community of Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, which draws on the rich mythology, locations and excitement of the beloved television show.

“Our goal with Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is to expand engagement with the immensely popular Doctor Who brand and allow fans to deeply immerse themselves in that universe,” said Robert Nashak, executive vice president, BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games. “The game’s multiple worlds, its varied, wonderful characters and monsters, and changing story arcs will appeal to both Doctor Who fans and casual gamers alike.”

Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is designed for devotees of the show looking for a quick pick-up-and-play game, and life-long gamers and sci-fi enthusiasts seeking increased social engagement. Players choose among four races and endless possible character combinations to create their avatars. They can join together in missions identified by the mysterious Time Lord to defend civilization by undertaking interventions against infamous villains bent on creating chaos and destruction in the universe. Throughout the game, players will explore deep immersive worlds (e.g., Skaro, Messaline, The Library and New New York) featuring iconic monsters (e.g., Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels), delivering the authentic experience of being part of the Doctor Who realm.

“As a huge Doctor Who fan, the chance to develop this game with BBC Worldwide was a dream opportunity,” said Daniel James, CEO of Three Rings Design, Inc. “We’ve worked to provide Doctor Who fans an experience that matches the quality and imagination of the TV show, and a forum to introduce casual gamers to this remarkable world with an experience accessible to players of all levels.”

While the game is free-to-play, revenue is generated through micro-transactions. Players can enhance their experience and accelerate their progress in the game through the purchase of Chronons, which will help them to complete missions, customize their avatars, build new contraptions and more.

Doctor Who, one of BBC Worldwide’s flagship brands, is the longest-running science fiction series in the world. It’s the story of the Doctor, the mysterious traveller in time and space, who has saved the universe so very many times. The Doctor is a Time Lord, one of a legendary race of powerful beings whose job it is to observe and record, but never interfere. The Christmas Special, “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe,” will be shown at 7 p.m. on BBC One in the UK on Christmas Day.

Doctor Who: Worlds in Time will launch commercially in the first quarter of 2012.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Thursday, 15 December 2011

End in sight for the Ponds...

At the press screening of "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe", Steven Moffat made an announcement - confirmed by the BBC Doctor Who Twitter account - that hasn't really come as too much of a surprise:
"The final days of the Ponds are coming during the next series - that story will come to a heartbreaking end. Then the Doctor will meet a new friend"

Matt Smith, also attending the press screening, commented:
"The show will miss the Ponds, brilliantly played by Karen & Arthur, but the great thing about Doctor Who is its ability to change. It's very disappointing - but this show is about change and regeneration."

More details of the new "friend" have been promised by the BBC tomorrow - but the role has not been cast yet.

The Moff also said that he thinks River Song WILL return...

Matt and The Moff on Radio 5Live

Thanks to Blogtor Who for uploading this interview - it's in 3 parts:

Competition Winner Announced...

Congratulations to Sophie from the Isle of Wight who has won the Limited Edition Season 6 DVD Boxset. Sophie's name was drawn from over 70 correct entries.

Thank you all for your support - and there will be more competitions in the New Year.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Three New Preview Clips from "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe"

As part of their "Adventure Calendar" the BBC have released three preview clips from "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe":

In clip one, the Doctor welcomes his "slightly bewildered" house guests:

Clip 2 is "the Doctor and Lily in snowy pursuit":

Clip 3 just says "she's wearing wool":

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

New Christmas Special Trailer

The BBC have released another trailer for "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" - this will air on BBC1 at 8pm tonight but you can watch it here first:

Monday, 12 December 2011

Competition....only a few days left...

Don't forget, there are only a few days left for you to enter our competition to win a Limited Edition Season 6 DVD Boxset. Remember - competition ends at midnight UK time on Wednesday 14 December 2011.

One question. That's it. Just answer a simple question - and and are your friends.

For full details, please click the "Competition" link at the top of the page, just under the header.

Marcus Wilson discusses the Christmas Special

The BBC have released another video - this time we have producer, Marcus Wilson, discussing "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe":

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Two Classic Episodes Returned to the BBC

The BBC have confirmed that 2 formerly missing Doctor Who episodes have been returned to their archives. The episodes are "Galaxy Four" episode 3 and "The Underwater Menace" episode 2. It's always cause for celebration when one episode is returned...and it's almost unheard of for two episodes to find their way back.

The Radio Times article - "Two Long-Lost episodes recovered" is a fantastic read and shows how these episodes came to light. The episodes were screened as a surprise at the BFI this evening.

Let's hope for more finds in the near future - and look forward to a possible "Missing Episodes" DVD release perhaps?

Friday, 9 December 2011

New "Doctor Who" console game to be released

The following press release has been issued by BBC Worldwide regarding the rumoured "Eternity Clock" game:

BBC Worldwide today released the first details of a major new gaming development for the Doctor Who brand. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be the first of a series of Doctor Who console games developed by BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games marking a significant movement into gaming for this business. Two further Doctor Who console game titles are planned to follow this release with details to be announced next year. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock is being created in full high definition for digital download platforms and is set for release in early 2012, initially on Playstation 3; Playstation Vita ® and PC platforms.

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will immerse gamers in the universe of Doctor Who, allowing them to take on the role of the Doctor and River Song as they travel across time and space to save the Earth. Gamers must learn to master the complexities of time travel with exceptional time based game play, changes made in one time will impact another creating multiple possibilities and challenging players to solve puzzles across the centuries

A wholly new storyline has been developed especially for this new Doctor Who console game franchise, written in collaboration with the BBC Wales team. Photo-real graphics, television quality scenes and highly realistic characters will bring the world of Doctor Who to life immersing fans completely in the twists and turns of an action filled plot. The stars of the series Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Alex Kingston (River Song) have recorded full voiceovers for their characters in Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock and motion capture has been used to create in-game characters that are incredibly realistic providing the ultimate Doctor Who gaming experience.

The game is being developed by Supermassive Games, experienced Playstation and PC developers based in the UK who were a Develop Excellence Awards New Studio Finalist in 2011.

Robert Nashak, EVP of Digital Entertainment at BBC Worldwide said: “We’re creating these new games for Playstation 3 and Vita with adaptations that will bring the wonder, adventure and madness of Doctor Who to each platform. Working with a top-tier UK development partner like Supermassive Games demonstrates BBC Worldwide’s commitment to create world-class Doctor Who games for fans of the show and gamers alike.”

There's also a nice little trailer:

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Season 6 Soundtrack - Another Teaser Track

Silva Screen Records have released another "teaser track" to enjoy. This time it's from disk 1, Track 10 - "I See You Silence":

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Season 6 Soundtrack Samples

As a little taster, samples of every track from the Season 6 Soundtrack on their order page.

I have to say, from the samples we're given, it sounds like "Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart" is going to be a cracker.

The Prequel to "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" plus Christmas Drama Trailer

Written by Steven Moffat, the BBC have released a short prequel to "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe":

For those outside the UK, Blogtor Who has a "free to view worldwide" version.

UPDATE: those outside the UK may find this works:

There's also a new Christmas Drama trailer which features "Doctor Who":

Monday, 5 December 2011

Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong talk about the Christmas Special

More interviews from the BBC Press Office - this time they interview both Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong. First up, Claire Skinner:

Who do you play in the Christmas Special?

I play a character called Madge Arwell who, first and foremost, is a mother. It just informs everything about her character. What I found attractive about the role is that she’s warm and a thoroughly decent woman, as well as being quite straight down the line. In the episode she gets tested and challenged and it’s interesting to see how she handles different things and adapts to various situations for the sake of her children.

What was it like working with Matt Smith?

Lovely! A really nice experience. He’s thoroughly charming, good fun and has loads of energy.

What about the other guest stars?

I’ve worked with Alexander Armstrong before, so it was great to see him again. We’ve actually been fishing together! Bill Bailey is just completely brilliant; a really nice, natural and funny bloke. And the children as well. Maurice and Holly were just delightful, completely lovely.

Are you a fan of Doctor Who?

Yes for several reasons actually. My son watches it, my husband has directed it before and my father in-law was in an episode. It’s a nice connection to have.

How did it feel being cast in such an iconic show?

I was very excited to be in it, both because it’s Doctor Who and also a great script. When I got the call I was like “Yay, at last I’m going to be in Doctor Who.”

How did you find filming on location?

We shot some scenes outside in a public space and it was an unusual experience acting in front of huge crowds of people who had come to watch. I had to drive a car down the road, which took about 500 takes, and they applauded my driving each time. It was lovely, but I hadn’t been quite ready for that.

What do you think is the scariest Doctor Who monster of all time?

It’s not exactly a monster, but the creepy people in the gas masks in series one were pretty scary. They definitely freaked both my children out at the time.

What will you be doing on Christmas day?

I will be with my family and my husband’s family; a traditional Christmas. We’ll of course be watching Doctor Who.

What other Christmas TV do you like?

I like traditional comedy; I’m such a fan of Morecambe and Wise. We’ve got the box set, so we always get that out at Christmas.

Matt Smith discusses "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe"

The BBC Press Office have released an interview with Matt Smith regarding "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe":

The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe is Matt Smith’s second Christmas outing as the Doctor and this time he doesn’t have his trusted companions, ‘The Ponds’, by his side. However, it hasn’t stopped him relishing in another Christmassy adventure and here he reveals what Doctor Who has in store for festive viewers.

“Doctor Who and Christmas go hand in hand don’t they?” laughs Matt Smith as he sits down to discuss the special episode of Who, penned by Steven Moffat. “It’s a brilliant and touching story about a family who have experienced a tragic event and in many ways they’ve had Christmas stolen from them.”

Matt reveals that Madge Arwell and her two young children, Lily and Cyril, have been evacuated during the Blitz to a ramshackled old house in the country where the Doctor has taken up residence as caretaker. “The Doctor, in a very ‘Doctory’ way, tries to bring Christmas spirit and cheer back into their lives,” explains Matt. “He has ‘Doctorified’ the house so to speak and there’s a magical present under the Christmas tree which is a portal to another world. Cyril enters it and discovers an enchanting landscape that encapsulates the beauty, danger and madness that is Doctor Who at Christmas.”

So will viewers be cowering behind their turkey and stuffing sandwiches on Christmas Day? “Well there are two scary characters that live in a huge tower and move in a very strange and menacing way,” confides Matt with a conspiratorial grin. “I also really enjoyed making this episode because the characters unfold in a subtle way and you never quite know what’s waiting around the corner. I also loved working with the guest cast who all seemed to have a whale of a time.”

The Doctor has had many festive adventures over the years but what are Matt’s favourite Christmas memories? “The best present I’ve ever had was a snooker table when I was a kid,” he reveals, “although my SEGA Mega Drive came close! I also used to love getting pyjamas and wearing them all day. Plus my granddad absolutely hates dressing gowns so it’s become a family tradition for us to buy him one every year and it always makes me laugh.”

And Matt’s recipe for the perfect Christmas?

“Family; everyone happy, healthy and together with lots of food, presents and good TV. Oh and football on Boxing Day! I’m really hoping for a white Christmas but if I couldn’t have a traditional Christmas I’d spend it somewhere really warm like South America or Australia and have a barbecue on the beach.”

Steven Moffat Introduces "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe"

The BBC Press Office have issued the following press release whereby Steven Moffat introduces "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe":

"The Doctor at Christmas - it always just feels so right. When I was a kid, Santa and the Doctor somehow lived in the same place in my head - two generous madmen that I loved so much. So now that the Doctor is a regular feature of Christmas the world is just that bit more right.

"This time we're in England in the 1940s, and recently widowed Madge Arwell hasn't told her children, Lily and Cyril, that their father has died flying his bomber home over the channel, because she doesn't want Christmas to become the day that broke their hearts.

"But when they're evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset for the holidays, and meet a mysterious young caretaker in a bow tie, events take an unexpected turn. What could be inside that big blue parcel under the tree?

"Soon the Arwells find themselves in a battle for survival in a magical new land. As ever, at this time of year, the Doctor is trying to make things right, and as always it doesn't go according to plan. But maybe he's reckoned without the power of a determined mother.

"This Christmas, it might just be the lonely Time Lord who's shown the way home."

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Matt Smith on "The Graham Norton Christmas Show"

The Radio Times has confirmed that Matt Smith will be a guest on "The Graham Norton Show" on Friday 23 December 2011 at 10.35pm. Matt will join other guests, Kenneth Branagh, Amir Khan and Russell Kane.

Video - Matt Smith talks Wales, Cardiff and "Doctor Who"

As part of the "Great Britain - You're Invited" campaign, Matt Smith talks about Wales, Cardiff and "Doctor Who":

More Promos - "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe"

More promos have emerged from "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" - some of which are similar to the previously posted ones but just have the white backgrounds:

Friday, 2 December 2011

Matt Smith talks about the Christmas Special

It's day two of the BBC's Doctor Who Adventure Calendar and today's little treat has Matt Smith talking about "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe":

Videos - Forbidden Planet "Brilliant Book" Signing

Forbidden Planet have uploaded some videos from the recent "Brilliant Book" signing in London.

First, Gary Russell talks about the Encyclopedia:

Second, the Moff talks about HIS choice of companion:

The Moff talks about the "movie"

Steven Moffat took the opportunity to use twitter to calm some nerves and fears regarding the proposed movie this morning. He tweeted:
To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot.
He later followed up with:
Movie thing: David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet. You've seen the rubbish I talk when I'm cornered.
This follows comments from David Yates on the red carpet at the 2011 Britannia Awards where he was interviewed by MTV - full article here. David Yates commented:
"I can't really talk about that because its such a long way away," Yates told MTV News. "We're principally looking for a writer, and we'll start with that. Everything has to start with a great script, so that's more important than [casting]."
So, still conflicting reports but as the saying goes: "In Moffat We Trust".

UPDATE: The Radio Times have an article regarding Steven Moffat and the proposed movie in which the Moff elaborates a bit further:
In a statement issued to a national newspaper, Moffat said that Doctor Who is “a vitally important BBC brand with a huge international audience” and one which “not even Hollywood can start from scratch”.

The producer also revealed that as yet “there simply are no developed plans for a Doctor Who movie at the moment” but “if and when the movie happens it will need to star television's Doctor Who - and there's only ever one of those at a time.

"Whatever happens, the BBC and BBC Worldwide will work together to ensure that we don't just get a movie, we get the movie that everyone wants," he added.

I think that just about clears it up.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Competition Time!


Here we go - this is your chance to win a "Doctor Who" Limited Edition Season 6 DVD boxset complete with "raised Silence head" and 4 x 3d artcards. The boxset contains "A Christmas Carol" together with all 13 Season 6 episodes, 5 specially written "Night and the Doctor" scenes and a host of other extras.

To enter, simply read the rules below and answer the question posed. Email the answer to me and include your full name and address. Unfortunately, this competition is only open to UK residents, however, Blogtor Who are running a similar competition for US and Canadian residents.


1. The competition is only open to UK residents. Multiple entries from the same address are not allowed - and those entries will be disqualified.

2. Please ensure you answer the question and include your full name and address in the email.

3. This is a region 2 dvd only and is not being provided by any outside agency or promoter. The dvd has already been purchased by ourselves and is still sealed. It will be despatched by recorded delivery to the winner after the competition closing date.

4. The competition will end at midnight UK time on Wednesday 14 December 2011 and, in the event of multiple correct entries, a draw will take place on Thursday 15 December 2011 and the winner notified by email. The winner's first name and home town will be published on the website and the prize despatched to them on Friday 16 December 2011 by recorded delivery. The editor's decision on the identity of the winner is final.

5. All entries, names and particulars of entrants will be destroyed after the competition has concluded.


Name the television series in which Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian) starred alongside Anthony Head and Nigel Havers. To give you a clue...her character was called "Elizabeth" and it aired on the BBC.


Simply Email me - with your answer to the above question before midnight on Wednesday 14 December 2011. Please remember to include your full name and address.

Good luck!

Video: "Doctor Who" Live Cast Q&A - Westfield Stratford City

The BBC have uploaded the question and answer session from the recent cast appearance at Westfield, Stratford City: