Queen Elizabeth’s credentials from The Day of the Doctor and it’s broadcast time

A sneak peek from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor: The Doctor and Clara are shown something that doesn’t seem possible.

As you may found out, BBC have confirmed the broadcast time of 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor as 7.50pm (GMT). Around the world, that equates to:

  • 2.50pm in New York
  • 11.50am in Los Angeles
  • 6.50am on Sunday 24 in Sydney

The episode is 75 minutes long.

You can check out our list of the over 75 broadcasters who will be screening the episode simultaneously, alongside selected cinemas worldwide.

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Why and how the Doctor Who episodes were lost

The finding of some the missing episodes of Doctor Who was the main subject for the last week: in 1980, over half of Doctor Who’s first 253 episodes were missing from the BBC’s archives and now there are only 97 of the not recovered. Yet.

The main reason for that horror is that the original 1960s material was erased and the tapes were re-recorded. There were several reason for the wiping of Doctor Who (and many other 1960s TV series), and they are explained in this article from DoctorWho.tv (with more details).

On Doctor Who, an episode would be recorded directly to videotape from studio, with as much of the work we would now term “post production” occurring at the same time. This meant music, location filming, the titles and credits, and model or effects shots were pre-recorded and played-in to the studio recording. Bar some small edits, this was essentially a finished programme.The videotape version was transmitted on the BBC, often after a very short period of time – as little as two or three weeks post-recording.

Most tapes were then sent to BBC Enterprises (the corporation’s commercial arm, now BBC Worldwide) for “telerecording” onto film – a much more durable and commonly-used medium – to be sold to international broadcasters.

Once both a UK transmission had occurred and an overseas sales film copy had been created, if neither Enterprises nor the BBC had any further interest in the episodes, the original videotapes were cleared for wiping.

Further more, an infographic was posted with some dates about Doctor Who episodes being returned from various areas of Earth.

infographic timeline how Doctor Who episodes were returned
infographic timeline how Doctor Who episodes were returned

The video is a segment from The One Show (October 11th, 2013) looking at the recovery of missing Doctor Who episodes. Presented by Peter Purves.

#thefourth – Doctor Who, BBC

Hey, guys and girls… Do you have any idea what this video is about?

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Doctor Who Receives Two BAFTA Nominations

BBC.co.ul proudly announces that the Doctor Who series has been nominated for 2 categories for the 2013 Television Craft Awards by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). These Awards celebrate the best of TV’s top behind-the-scenes talent, the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Sunday, April 28 2013.

The Mill have been nominated in the Visual Effects and Graphic Design category for their incredible work on recent episodes and composer Murray Gold is nominated in the Original Television Music category, specifically for his outstanding music for Asylum of the Daleks.

Steven Moffat on the First Dalek Adventure

The race called Daleks first appeared 49 years ago when the TARDIS visited a strange and sinister planet known as Skaro… their homeworld.

To celebrate the Doctor’s oldest alien adversaries the Doctor Who team from BBC have begun a short series of videos which feature Doctor Who’s lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, discussing Daleks’ history. He selects a number of stories that are amongst his favourites and the most significant Dalek adventures, beginning, appropriately enough, with the Daleks’ debut from December, 1963.

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Doctor Who Christmas Special episode The Snowmen and BBC’s Wintry Wallpapers!

The cards are going up and the festive decorations are being dusted off… So now’s the time to make sure your computer screen is ready for Christmas!

The Doctor Who team from BBC posted five festive images from or relating to The Snowmen, this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special episode. You can always choose from the Doctor and Clara, the sinister Doctor Simeon, the formidable trio of Vastra, Strax and Jenny or maybe even the stunning poster for this year’s Christmas Special.

The gallery with these pictures in different sizes is here.

The snowmen
The snowmen
The Doctor and Clara
The Doctor and Clara
Vastra, Strax and Jenny
Vastra, Strax and Jenny
The icy army!
The icy army!
Doctor Simeon
Doctor Simeon

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BBC writes about Steven Moffat honoured at Writers’ Guild Awards

We all know Steven Moffat for the role he plays (behind the scenes) in Doctor Who series, but he is also known as the creator of Sherlock series.

Sherlock creator Steven Moffat has been handed the top prize at this year’s Writers’ Guild Awards.

Moffat, who also oversees Doctor Who, was honoured with the special award for outstanding writing.

Accepting the award, he told the London ceremony: “Write what you love. I’ve never loved anything as much as Doctor Who and Sherlock.”

You can find more information about who won what prices over here. I believe you are also interested in something that appears in the same article: Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, written by Phil Ford, took the prize for best children’s TV script for its episode The Curse of Clyde Langer.


The Doctor Who team on Angels and what’s in store for the Doctor

Find out more about shooting the Ponds’ farewell.. and the Doctor Who Christmas adventure!

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Episode 4: The power of Three

Yesterday evening BBC broadcast the forth episode of series 7 called The power of Three. For Amy, Rory and the rest of the world it was the year of slow invasion starting the day when the Earth was filled with small cubes, very resistant and apparently harmless: they did not react and interact with anything. It was the year when the Doctor remained long enough to become a part of Ponds’ life instead taking them with him in adventures all over the Universe and Time. Of course, he did this very thing some time in the yesterday episode: a 6 weeks break in the long waiting until the cubes started to react, but that’s another story.

The forth episode is not quite the episode you would expect: the Doctor had to run, but he had also to wait. If you don’t enjoy waiting think what means to be the Doctor: a Time Lord what can go almost anywhere in space and time to moments when something interesting happens. Your most terrible torment can not be compared to the one of the Doctor when he has to wait. But he saved the world, again. Because the cubes started to react, to gather information about the details of the planet around them. And to kill humans.

I rather not say who was behind them. It’s about an ancient force, the one behind the story heard by all the young Gallifreyens every time when they had to behave. Until the end the Doctor and his companions found out it was not an invasion, it was an attempt of eradication of a species before spreading in the extraterrestrial space. But the Doctor baffled that plan in his own way.

Among the actors there are Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Mark Williams (Brian Williams), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Steven Berkoff (Shakri), Selva Rasalingam (Ranjit), Alice O’Connell (Laura), Peter Cartwright (Arnold Underwood), David Beck (Orderly 1), Daniel Beck (Orderly 2), David Hartley (Unit Researcher ).

The director is Douglas Mackinnon, the producer is Marcus Wilson, the writer is Chris Chibnall.

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Doctor Who: The Power of Three credits and broadcast

The Doctor and the Ponds puzzle over an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight…

According to BBC, the credits and broadcast schedule are as following:


The Doctor – Matt Smith
Amy Pond – Karen Gillan
Rory Williams – Arthur Darvill
Brian Williams – Mark Williams
Kate Stewart – Jemma Redgrave
Shakri – Steven Berkoff
Ranjit – Selva Rasalingam
Laura - Alice O’Connell
Arnold Underwood – Peter Cartwright
Orderly 1 – David Beck
Orderly 2 – Daniel Beck
Unit Researcher – David Hartley
Director – Douglas Mackinnon
Producer - Marcus Wilson
Writer – Chris Chibnall


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The Gunslinger

Recently BBC made public the profile of the Gunslinger. If you watched A town called Mercy you are already know him.

Also known as: Kahler-Tek
Home Planet: Unknown
Random ‘Yes!’ Moment: Remaining on Earth to watch over Mercy.
Fact! The word cyborg was first coined in 1960.
First Appearance: A Town Called Mercy
Most Recent Appearance: A Town Called Mercy

Tasked with ending a long and bloody war, Kahler-Jex and a team of scientists created an army of deadly cyborgs. They took ‘volunteers’ and told them they’d been selected for special training. But in reality these unwitting victims were experimented upon, their bodies fused with weaponry. And finally, they were programmed to kill. The cyborgs formed a devastating force that routed their enemy and ended the war in less than a week.

“When he starts killing your people you can use your justice!The Gunslinger

Following their victory, all the cyborgs were decommissioned… All, that is, but one. The circuitry of the cyborg created using Kahler-Tek was damaged in battle. He went off-line and like Frankenstein’s monster, began hunting down his makers. He tracked the last of them, Kahler-Jex, to Mercy but wanting to avoid unnecessary bloodshed, he would not enter the town and simply waited for his quarry.

The Gunslinger unintentionally shot Isaac but after the death of Kahler-Jex, the Doctor persuaded him to remain on Earth and he became Mercy’s guardian angel. This creature of war eventually found a purpose in peace: to protect it.

See Making of Gunslinger.

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All the Daleks in existence

Some time ago BBC was searching for all the Daleks known to man… At that time I knew that something was happening, but I was not sure what and when. I knew, of course, that something BIG was happening, as usual when the Doctor is involved… but I had to watch the Asylum of the Daleks to find out exactly what: the Parliament of the Daleks. And, why not, the Prime Minister. Of the Daleks.

Some time ago, today, I found about the effort made to reunite every Dalek ever made… I don’t think it was all hard work, it must have been some fun some times along the way, but it’s interesting to find out more details about the job.

“It’s only when I read Steven Moffat’s script in its entirety that I thought: ‘Oh God, what are we going to do now?’” said series producer Marcus Wilson, who was tasked with the logistical nightmare of assembling Asylum Of The Dalek‘s pepper-pot party — most of which they didn’t even own.

“We needed help,” he said. “We called them back from the BBC, borrowed older ones from exhibitions, renovated a few that have been battle damaged over the years. A lot of the show came to be, however, from fans who lent us Daleks that they had built themselves — most of which were so detailed we could shoot on them in HD close to camera. Even [former show-runner] Russell T. Davies has a Dalek in his hallway, so we went up to Manchester to pick it up from him. We must have had over 30 different Daleks on set and we only had around five of our own.”

The two main sequences that required numbers was the Asylum (spoilers!) and the more grandiose Parliament scene, which features a CGI wide-shot with 20,000 Daleks — powered by Solid Angle’s rendering software, Arnold, a batch renderer that allows you to animate “render multiples and multiples of Daleks that maybe even a year ago we wouldn’t have been able to achieve on a television schedule.”

More information about how the Daleks and their CGI image have been used can be found here.


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Doctor Who prequel: Pond Life – Karen Gillan & Arthur Darvill interviewed

 Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) introduce to BBC the dramatic, funny and fantastic Pond Life, a five-part mini-adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory.

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Doctor Who series 7 – Promo pics, august 2012

The BBC have released some teaser pics from the first 3 episodes of Doctor Who, series 7.

1 – Asylum of The Daleks
2 – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
3 – A Town Called Mercy

The fourth episode is called The power of three, the fifth episode is called The angels take Manhattan.

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Matt Smith series 7 interview BBC News august 2012

One other interview with Matt Smith was published here, the next section is a part of it – you can read in full length on bbc.co.uk.

Donning the compulsory tweed for the third time, Matt Smith gets ready for more adventures through space and time as the Doctor. Here he talks about his hopes for the new series, what fans have to look forward to and saying goodbye to the Ponds.

Asylum Of The Daleks is going to be a cracker, states Matt as he talks excitedly about the opener of the new series. Steven has written and absolute belter and we have made the Daleks scary again, something I am not sure we got right before.

With Asylum Of The Daleks featuring Daleks from all of the decades, does Matt have any favourites?

Absolutely! The blue and white ones from the 1960s, I think they are from the Troughton era… they are just kind of groovy, smaller but fantastic. And the lovely Barnaby (Edwards) who operates them. The day we filmed with all of those Daleks there was such an excitable atmosphere on set from cast and crew alike. It was a brilliant few days at work!

With five big adventures for the Doctor and his companions, this series it is set to be epic. We have five of the most exciting standalone episodes, with everything from Daleks to dinosaurs and of course, the fall of the Ponds, explains Matt. So does he have a preferred episode?

Well I love Asylum of the Daleks and episode 5, but I am immensely proud of all of them.

The second episode sees viewers taken on an incredible prehistoric adventure with the unusually titled Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, so what did Matt think when he first heard those four words?

Steven, you are a genius! It’s Doctor Who in a nutshell. I have always wanted to do a dinosaur episode, he continues, so I was very pleased to get the chance. And the Director Saul (Metzstein) has done a fantastic job, with David Bradley playing a cracking villain. I think it is such a fun episode with a wonderfully crafted script by Chris Chibnall.

In the Radio Times article Steven Moffat reveals there’ll be new opening credits for each episode but asks the audience not to leak the strange occurrence in Asylum of the Daleks… It was a starry, saucy night at the BFI on London’s South Bank.

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Steven Moffat assures Doctor Who future

About one week ago nme.com posted an article about Steven Moffat reassurances about the future of Doctor Who. He said in one interview that BBC will not give up the show (as it happened before in 1989): the show created a worldwide community and it’s “a huge money-spinner”.

The showrunner has said in a new interview that the long-running sci-fi show is in better shape than ever and that there is no chance that the BBC will “give up” on the show, as it did it 1989 when Doctor Who went off air for 16 years.

Moffat told Richard Bacon on BBC 5 Live: “It’s a huge money-spinner. It’s doing better than ever abroad – the global number of people watching Doctor Who has just gone up and up and up. It was the most downloaded show on American iTunes last year, so [there’s] not a chance of the BBC giving up on Doctor Who.”

Moffat also disputed claims that the show is getting “shorter and shorter” seasons, pointing merely to a change the broadcast schedule. He said: “We’re just splitting it over Christmas, we’re making the same number of episodes as usual. We delayed it a few months to start it later in the year, that’s all that’s happened.”

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Doctor Who beach towel

Doctor Who TARDIS beach towel
Doctor Who TARDIS beach towel

The summer is coming (at least in the North hemisphere of Earth) and I found one of the best ideas of beach towel: one with the Tardis.

I know that for many people it’s just a door, but let me give you a hint: it’s bigger on the inside. You can always ask a girl to be your companion.

I found it on geek alerts.com and I’ve read that you ca buy it with just $19.99 from Thinkgeek.

They say it is made of 100% cotton and measures 60 inches long by 29 inches wide. It is also said that’s an officially licensed Doctor Who product, and the BBC has approved it.

Doctor Who TARDIS towel on the beach
Doctor Who TARDIS towel on the beach

BBC news: Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver ‘invented’ at Dundee University, Scotland, United Kingdom

 The Dundee University researchers have created a machine which uses ultrasound to lift and rotate a rubber disc floating in a cylinder of water.

It is said to be the first time ultrasound waves have been used to turn objects rather than simply push them.

The study could help make surgery using ultrasound techniques more precise, the physicists said.

Surgeons use ultrasound to treat a range of conditions without having to cut open a patient.

The ability to steer ultrasound waves to the precise spot where they are needed could make those treatments even more effective.

The ultrasound waves could also be used to guide a drug capsule through the body and activate it, for instance right inside a tumour.

Ultrasound waves could already be made to push objects and scientists believed they could also turn them – but the Dundee University team claims to have now proved it.

They used energy from an ultrasound array to form a beam that can both carry momentum to push away an object in its path and, by using a beam shaped like a helix or vortex, cause the object to rotate.

Dr Mike MacDonald, of the Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSAT) at Dundee, said: “This experiment not only confirms a fundamental physics theory but also demonstrates a new level of control over ultrasound beams which can also be applied to non-invasive ultrasound surgery, targeted drug delivery and ultrasonic manipulation of cells.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-17760077

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BBC is searching for all the Daleks known to man

As posted on Metro.co.uk, doctor Who producers have issued a worldwide appeal to borrow back Daleks that have been sold off for the series 7 of Doctor Who.

They require some of the ‘real’ aliens for Season 7, rather than use CGI versions of the metal-encased antagonists.

Executive producer Caroline Skinner explained: ‘We’re collecting every Dalek known to man. It’s going to be great.’

Caroline took to her twitter account to confirm one of the Daleks has already been successfully recruited – Russell T Dalek, which is owned by former Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T. Davies.

She added: ‘Russell T Davies’ Dalek has arrived on set – I’m talking her through her part! (sic)’

Exclusive First Look: A stormy nights sky – Doctor Who: The Daemons

I’ve never watch (at least until now) the classic Doctor Who series, but this video from youtube had my attention.

Boasting some impressive location filming, the village of Aldbourne was the perfect setting of The Daemons. As the crew reveals however, attempting a stormy night scene can be quite problematic on a calm night. Journey behind the scenes to find out how the crew managed to ratchet up the atmosphere.

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New Doctor Who companion: Jenna-Louise Coleman, interview BBC

This month was unveiled that Jenna-Louies Coleman is going to be the next Doctor Who companion and her first episode will be broadcasted as Christmas special.

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