Doctor Who

Friday, January 1, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

I wouldn’t let Russell T Davies tie my shoelaces.  Read more

Doctor Who

Sunday, November 15, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

BBC1What is Doctor Who without hope?  Read more

Who goes there

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

The BBC has done a deal with MSN to make various archive Dr Who stories available to watch online.

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Barry Letts, 1925-2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Barry Letts (right) with Jon Pertwee and Dalek

Barry Letts (right) with Jon Pertwee and Dalek

Like all major figures involved with Doctor Who, producer Barry Letts seemed to have his own personal anecdote about working on the show, one which  got endlessly trotted out to the benign bemusement of fans.

In his case, it was a bizarre story about recieving a letter containing a poem advising him of the proper pronounciation of ‘chitinous’. Yet that, and several other similarly prominent anecdotes about eyepatches and ‘Katy’s fella’, belied the fact he also had a great many fascinating stories to tell about the years he spent working on a fascinating programme, many of them relating to a pivotal moment in television history.

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Sladen with goodness

Saturday, September 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Sarah Jane and friends

Sarah Jane and friends

So what links The Sarah Jane Adventures to The One Show? Answer below.

As Dave Golder’s already reported on the SFX website, last night saw the press launch for series three of the excellent Doctor Who spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The opener, ‘Prisoner of the Judoon’, is most notable for Elisabeth Sladen’s truly brilliant, and slightly bonkers, performance as an evil Sarah Jane. It’s a two-parter packed with thrills and gags, although, as Dave points out in his piece, the Chandra parents do come across as superfluous to the action… but they are nicely played. Read more

Doctor Toon

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The BBC has released the first image from the upcoming Doctor Who cartoon. Read more

…But is it art?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

Basil vs Dalek by DWM's Ben Willsher

Basil vs Dalek by DWM's Ben Willsher

So, in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine (out about now, so pester your newsagent), I have a 10-page feature wherein I try to discover if Doctor Who is actually good television.

Now, to be honest, this is more a conceit to talk to a range of TV experts who haven’t ever really gone on the record with their views about the series, so I hope there is some fresh opinion within.

When I submitted the piece, I also filed some additional box-out bits, but Editor Tom Spilsbury opted not to use them all.  So, with his permission, I’m slinging some of them here, on OTT. (I do also have graphs charting AIs, ratings and just general ‘success-ratings’  for Doctor Who – and elements therein – over the years, but some dull techie problems prevent me from getting them all online right now… maybe another time).

Thus, please do click-through; read these bits and – should you also buy DWM (and you should) – feel free to tell me what you thought of the piece. Here we go, then… Read the story »

Doctor Bow

Monday, July 20, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith in costume

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith in costume

A new era of Doctor Who gets underway today as filming began on the show’s 2010 series. And to beat the spoilers, Matt Smith’s new, pleasingly boffinish costume was revealed on this morning’s edition of Breakfast at 8.55am.

More than that, the press release attached to this event is the first issued by Premier PR – who also work on Ashes to Ashes, Hustle and Spooks – since they won the contract from Doctor Who‘s long-standing publicists Taylor Herring earlier in the year (although Taylor Herring will still be dealing with all press for the remaining David Tennant episodes). And here’s what it says… Read more

Strictly switch-around for BBC1 autumn

Thursday, July 9, 2009 by · 8 Comments 

Darcy Bussell and Alesha Dixon to 'refresh' Strictly

Darcy Bussell and Alesha Dixon to 'refresh' Strictly

Strictly ‘refreshed’, 16 celebs going around the world in 80 days, Take That headlining a Children in Need concert at The Albert Hall and Totally Saturday “not as good as it should be”: Today’s press launch for the autumn season on BBC1.

BBC1 Controller Jay Hunt was on confident, bullish form as she unveiled BBC1′s new season line-up (joshing the event was quite nerve-wracking for her “given what happened to my predecessor… I’ve looked at all the pictures you’re going to see today, and I didn’t see someone walking backwards when they should have been walking forwards… but I might have missed something”). Read more

Torchwood: Children of Earth

Monday, July 6, 2009 by · 7 Comments 

BBC1Pretty much everything that’s wrong with Torchwood: Children of Earth can be summed up by one shot Read more

Your Torchwood ratings-ometer

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by · 26 Comments 

Lenny, Tracey and David - back together and back on BBC1!

Just how will daily doses of adult telefantasy fare on BBC1 next week? Read more

Target: Who!

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Mark Gatiss explores the world of Doctor Who novelisations for a Radio 4 documentary. Read more

Who’s that girl?

Friday, May 29, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

C’mon. Let’s not dodge the obvious headline here. Karen Gillan is the new Doctor Who companion. Read more

The Doctor is in… The Sarah Jane Adventures

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Let’s just cut to the BBC press release, shall we? Read more

New Doctor Who producers announced

Thursday, April 16, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

BBC Cymru Wales has announced the new Doctor Who producers. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, April 11, 2009 by · 10 Comments 

The following is a transcript from a media studies conference in April 2019. Read more

Doctor Who interview

Friday, April 10, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The Doctor Who press office has provided OTT with a David Tennant and Michelle Ryan interview… Read more

Who’s hosting Comic Relief

Thursday, January 29, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

David Tennant will be hosting the first hour of Comic Relief Night it’s been revealed today. Read more

Matt Smith is the new Doctor Who!

Saturday, January 3, 2009 by · 11 Comments 

Matt Smith - the new Doctor

Matt Smith - the new Doctor

Matt Smith has been announced as the 11th Doctor.

The Party Animals and Ruby in the Smoke star (set to appear in upcoming BBC2 crime drama Moses Jones) was an outside chance with all pundits, until earlier today, when his name suddenly propelled itself through the ranks of potential Time Lords. 

So how did Doctor Who Confidential announce the casting? Slowly… Read more

New Doctor Who to be announced tomorrow

Friday, January 2, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Not much more to add about this story on the BBC siteRead more

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