Casting for Christmas Specials

May 1, 2009

In the latest Doctor Who Magazine, some cast for the two Specials to air over the Christmas period were announced. The headline mentions are Catherine Tate, Bernard Cribbins, and Jacqueline King, returning as Donna, Wilf and Sylvia respectively.

Also announced are June Whitfield playing ‘Minnie Hooper’ and David Harewood.


Planet of the Dead final figures

April 23, 2009

The final audience figures for Planet of the Dead are in – the episode was watched by 9.54 million people. The Appreciation Index figure, out of 100, was 88, considered “Excellent”.

The BBC HD channel had its highest audience figure for the episode, with 200,000 viewers tuning in.

The Sunday BBC3 repeat was seen by an additional 0.91 million viewers – approximately 90-95% of these were new viewers – and had an AI of 89.

Bafta Cymru nominations

April 17, 2009

The Welsh BAFTA nominations have been announced, and eleven nominations go to Upper Boat shows.

The nominations for the Whoniverse programmes are:

  • Best Drama Series/Serial for Television – Doctor Who
  • Best Director of Photography: Rory Taylor for Silence in the Library
  • Best Sound – the Doctor Who sound team for Midnight
  • Best Editor – Philip Kloss for Midnight
  • Best Make-Up – Barbara Southcott for The Next Doctor
  • Best Screenwriter – Russell T Davies for Midnight
  • Best Original Music Soundtrack – Murray Gold for Midnight
  • Best Director: Film/Drama – Euros Lyn for Silence in the Library
  • Best Interactive – the Doctor Who website
  • Best Design – Edward Thomas for Adrift (Torchwood)
  • Best Costume – Ray Holman for From Out of the Rain (Torchwood)
  • Best Children’s Programme: The Sarah Jane Adventures

The winners will be announced in May.

New producers announced

April 15, 2009

BBC Wales has announced the rest of the producing team that will take over from the current producing team. Along with Piers Wenger and Steven Moffat as executive producers, they will be joined by Beth Willis.

Taking over from Phil Collinson in the producer role are two producers: Tracie Simpson and Peter Bennett. Simpson was the producer on Planet of the Dead and has been Production Manager on the series since 2005, while Bennett is producing the forthcoming Torchwood series: Children of Earth.

Steven Moffat said:

“Beth and Tracie and Pete aren’t the A Team, they’re the people the A Team call. Tracie and Pete are the backstage stars of Doctor Who and having them on board as producers isn’t just the best possible news for Matt Smith’s first series, it’s a massive relief. And Beth Willis, fresh from the brilliant Ashes To Ashes, is joining Piers and I as an executive so finally there’ll be someone to wear the trousers.”

Over 8.5 million viewers for ‘Planet of the Dead’

April 13, 2009

The Doctor Who Easter Special Planet of the Dead, which aired on Saturday, was watched by 8.41 million viewers on BBC One. This was a 39.6% share of the total audience watching television at that time. BBC HD saw its highest ever audience figure with the Special – an additional 184,000 viewers. This raises the total to 8.59 million.

The accompanying Doctor Who Confidential episode Desert Storm was seen by 0.46 million viewers, a 2.2% share.

These figures are rough overnight figures. The final figures will be released in ten days’ time, which will most likely be significantly higher than the overnights, possibly raising it to 9 million.

Second Special title announced

April 11, 2009

The title for the second Special: The Waters of Mars, as well as a new trailer, was broadcast at the end of Planet of the Dead. No air date was announced, however, leaving “November-ish” as our closest date.

‘The Tennant Tapes’ 5

April 11, 2009

The fifth of David Tennant’s video diaries has been released on the BBC website amidst all the updates following tonight’s Special episode of Doctor Who – Planet of the Dead.

The video covers the team’s hectic three-day shoot in the deserts of Dubai.