Who and Torchwood to launch BBC America HD

June 2, 2009

BBC America has announced that Torchwood: Children of Earth and Planet of the Dead will be part of the programming that will launch new HD channel BBC America HD.

Children of Earth will air on the week commencing 20 July, with Planet of the Dead airing on the following Sunday.

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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.


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.


‘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.


Official Doctor Who website launches ‘Planet of the Dead’ page

April 9, 2009

As we approach Saturday’s Easter Special Planet of the Dead, the official BBC Doctor Who website has launched the episode guide for the Special.

The ’videos’ section contains the trailer and the four “Tennant Tapes”, and the ‘photos’ section contains the embargoed images which were released elsewhere. The only new content so far is the ‘Fear Forecast’ for the episode, and a new game.


Second Special to air “November-ish”

April 7, 2009

Russell T Davies announced this morning that the second of the 2009 Specials, name as yet unknown, would air “November-ish”. This follows an announcement in DWM 407 that the Special would air in the second half of the year, but before the Christmas period as had previously been speculated.

Interviewed on BBC Breakfast, he also stated that the Easter Special Planet of the Dead, which will air on Saturday, was only completed late last night.

The full interview can be found on the BBC website.


DWM 407

April 3, 2009

The leading feature in this month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine is the 10 pages of preview features, four of which consist of an interview with Michelle Ryan, for 11 April’s Doctor Who special Planet of the Dead.

The episode has a lot more ‘sci-fi’ in it than Gareth’s previous Doctor Whos or Sarah Jane Adventures. “But you need to approach a totally imagined setting with equal thoroughness as a historical or contemporary one,” he points out. “I’ve never done that for TV before, so it was a real challenge, but every Who script throws new problems at you that nobody’s encountered before.”

Also featured is what promises to be a very controversial interview with Christopher H Bidmead, script editor of Doctor Who’s 18th season. In the interview, Bidmead explains why his episodes were so much better than what came before, after, and much later on.

Russell,” he continues, “who I shouldn’t call Russell, as I don’t know him and have never met him, is what I call a first-draft writer. He sits down in the heat of the moment and churns out something that’s delightful and inventive and wonderful. But writing’s not about that. It’s about going back into that script, and cutting it, and shaping it. The problem is, Russell will put a first-draft script into the studio, because he can. He’s in charge!”

In his column You Are Not Alone, Neil Harris ponders the culture of tabloids gaining “exclusive” celebrity Doctor Who rumours.

Also, readers are asked to rate all 200 (technically) Doctor Who stories, the second part of Mortal Beloved, Who On Earth Is… Daniel Kaluuya, the first part of a quick guide through the history of Doctor Who, as well as The Fact of Fiction: Castrovalva, Sheridan Smith in Out of the TARDIS, The Time Team looking at The Happiness Patrol, and the usual reviews, news and production notes.