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Last Christmas – Transmission times



ABC Australia has confirmed the Christmas episode of Doctor Who, Last Christmas, will be broadcast on ABC 1 on Friday 26th December at 7.30pm

Transmission times have now been confirmed for the UK, Christmas Day at 6,15pm, the USA and Canada, Christmas Day at 9pm ET and Germany, Christmas Day at 9.30pm

Other broadcasts follow during the week with full details listed here.

Series Eight Scripts leak online

Doctor Who Series Eight (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

The BBC has appealed to fans not to spoil the new series of Doctor Who, after a number of scripts from upcoming shows were leaked onto the internet.

The first five scripts for Series Eight, including the series opener Deep Breath, are understood to have been compromised after being sent to the BBC Worldwide office in Miami, where they were due to be translated for the Latin America market. The BBC is trying to achieve a near simultaneous global release of the series, including broadcasts on BBC Entertainment throughout the region.

BBC Worldwide told Radio Times they were pleading with the public and fans sites not to share the material released

We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.

Doctor Who has been leaked before. In 2005 the first episode of the relaunched series, Rose, leaked onto the internet, a few weeks before its launch on BBC One.

A twitter campaign to keep the series spoiler free has been launched with the hashtag #‎keepmespoilerfree‬

The series is due to premiere around the world from August 23rd.

Doctor Who – The World Tour

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are to embark on a World Tour, promoting the upcoming series of Doctor Who, which hits screens this August.

Fans in the UK will have a chance to see the couple at exclusive events in Cardiff and London on 7 August before they jet off, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat, visiting seven cities across five continents in 12 days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements

Peter Capaldi, speaking ahead of the tour, said:

It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After eight months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.

Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat added:

I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.

The tour marks the largest ever promotional undertaking in Doctor Who’s 50-year history and will take in Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia) before hitting New York (US) on August 14. It continues to Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) where the tour ends on August 19th.

More details of the itinerary will be available soon at as well as reports from the tour as it happens, which fans everywhere will be able to enjoy across social and digital platforms.

BBC Worldwide’s ambition for the brand has grown considerably since the global success of the 50th Anniversary which saw the special episode The Day Of The Doctor broadcast simultaneously in 98 countries and in over 1500 cinemas across the world, setting a new record for event cinema in its first three days on general release.

Win a Weeping Angel Costume

Weeping Angel (Credit: Rubies Costumes)Doctor Who News, in association with Jokers’ Masguersade, is offering you a chance to win a brand new Weeping Angel costume.

Officially endorsed by the BBC, the Weeping Angel fancy dress costume is brand new for 2014 and designed & manufactured by official license holder Rubies Masquerade.

The Doctor Who costume includes robe, soft EVA wings, EVA face mask and a pair of gloves. It’s available in two sizes. We have one standard size costume to give away.

To enter answer the following question

What is the UK name for the children’s game on which the Weeping Angels are based?

Entries should be sent to Please include your name and location.

Closing date is Friday 16th May 2014.

Only one entry per person. The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries. The editors decision is final.

(with thanks to Jokers’ Masquerade)

Matt Smith message to young fan

Matt Smith has sent a personal video message to a four year old fan recently disgonesd with a serious illness.

The News, Portsmouth reports that Jack Robinson, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last month, received a video message from the actor, who is currently in Austin Texas.

Since he was diagnosed Jack’s family have been trying to make the boy’s dream’s come true. When singer-songwriter Gary Barlow heard about their challenge he arranged for the actor to record the video message.

Terry Robinson, Jack’s dad said

Jack was over the moon. Gary Barlow tweeted he had a message from Matt Smith, but we didn’t expect this, thank you Gary. And thank you to Darren Langford, a well-wisher, who said he had also been in contact with Matt. Not sure which person he responded too, but we are grateful that he has.

Jack had gone to sleep, but we woke him up to show him the message. His eyes just lit up and he was so delighted. It has made his day.

Tom Baker’s New Year’s Message

Tom Baker has expressed his heartfelt thanks to fans around the world for their support, saying he felt ‘swamped in love’ following his appearance in the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who.

The veteran actor, who turns 80 later this month, posted a New Year’s message on his website, reflecting on the past year and his plans for the future. He said wonderful messages came in from around the world following his cameo in the The Day of the Doctor, which he revealed was filmed in Cardiff last spring. Through the wintry darkness of April, I travelled to Cardiff where my scene was to be shot. Matt and I did not discuss the scene or talk about what it might mean; God forbid! No, we started just after eight o’ clock and about four hours later I was released.

Baker also spoke of his experience at the Excel Centre in London, where he attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration along with thousands of fans.”It was tumult: the fans cheered as if I had come back from the dead and the cheering did the trick… I travelled back in time: it was wonderful. I enjoyed it all.”

In the message Tom Baker tells how he spent Christmas without power, following storms which hit the South East of England just before the holiday, Sue & I had to manage the best we could in the darkness, trying to be cheerful and entertaining ourselves. He looks forward to completing more recordings for Big Finish Productions in the New Year. I have never been happier at work than I am with my colleagues at Big Finish. The actors are well cast and are wonderful company.

Tom Baker thanked fans for their emails and messages on his facebook page. I am constantly touched and amazed by the personal stories people have told in my guestbook about how watching Doctor Who helped them through difficult times and inspired them to make something of their lives. Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories with me and other fans. I certainly find it very interesting.

TARDIS app Released

Following the successful launch of the Official Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver App which topped the entertainment charts in Australia, New Zealand, US and UK on its release, BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand and Australian developer Useless Creations have released a second app with the latest augmented reality technology putting you in control of the TARDIS.

Virtual TARDIS mode allows you to use the motion of your device to land and take-off, fly the TARDIS in the real world or move fast to enter the time vortex. In Real World mode you can see the TARDIS spinning above you, or touch the ground where you’d like it to land and watch it materialise before your eyes. Rotate and scale the TARDIS to line up the perfect photo, then take and share your images on Twitter #DoctorWho #VirtualTARDIS, Facebook or Flickr.

There are six different models of the TARDIS to choose from including the original one from the 60s which turns everything black and white, just like the early Doctor’s adventures. Tap the TARDIS to open the door and see inside.

Helen Pendlebury, Head of Brand Licensing and Live Entertainment, said:

This latest fun app puts the TARDIS in fans pockets, enabling them to fly to the planet Skaro – or just to the end of the garden path. And with the photo-sharing facility we look forward to seeing where the TARDIS ends up!

The app is available from iTunes

Doctor Who News is also available, now with access to the Doctor Who Guide, free for the iphone/ipad.

Jobs on Doctor Who


The BBC is looking for runners to work on Doctor Who in Cardiff.

Floor Runner
The floor runner supports the assistant director team on the floor reporting any conflicting priorities to the 3rd Assistant director whilst co-ordinating with the production office for the distribution of packages, scripts, re-writes etc to the cast and crew on the floor. The successful candidate will provide hospitality for crew and artists (tea/coffee making) along with undertaking the transport of crew and artists as required and act as a first point of contact for a range of both internal and external callers and visitors ensuring that these are given a positive image of the BBC and the department.

Applicants must have previous drama experience working on the floor, and need to be used to transporting artists. They need to be able to cover for the 3rd AD as required, and demonstrate they have the stamina required for this demanding role.

Office Runner
The office runner provides full support to the Line Producer and Producer reporting any conflicting priorities to the Production Co-ordinator whilst being able to prioritise and manage all incoming requests for assistance in a polite, helpful and informative manner. They will undertake general office duties including typing, taking messages, photocopying, responding to correspondence, answering telephones, faxing, filing and issuing sides along with making (and collecting) local building deliveries inc. urgent mail/packages etc. They will also act as a first point of contact for a range of both internal and external callers and visitors ensuring that these are given a positive image of the BBC, including escorting them to and from reception, and providing beverages.

Applicants should have previous running experience in television or film production with the ability to use proficiently a range of software packages including Word, Excel, Outlook, Screenwriter and Final Draft with interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relations with a wide range of internal and external contacts. They will have the ability to express oneself concisely both orally and in writing along with excellent telephone skills, effective time management and organisational skills and the initiative to work both independently and as part of a team. They should also be able to prioritise a conflicting workload efficiently and to maintain standards of accuracy and attention to detail when working to deadlines or changing priorities.

Closing date for both jobs is 1st December with interviews taking place on the 5th. For full details click the links above.

Doctor Who Beats The Hunger Games !!!

Doctor Who broke all records on BBC America this weekend with The Day of the Doctor getting 3.6 million viewers watching the anniversary special.

The live simulcast, shown at 2.50pm on the East Coast and 11.50am on the west, got an audience of 2.4 million of which 1.2 million were in the 25-54 age group. The primetime repeat added over a million to the total to give BBC America its highest rating to date.

Perry Simon, General Manager for BBC AMERICA, said

The fan response on-air, in social media and in theaters across the country has been nothing short of incredible. The 50th Anniversary of this extraordinary program has cemented its iconic status for millions of American viewers and we can’t wait for the Christmas Special.

Rentrack report that Doctor Who also achieved a $13,607 per screen average in the US, for the 3D screening event, beating The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘s $12,300 average.

Moffat on Doctor Numbering

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been talking to Radio Times about the future of the Doctor, given the character in now dangerously near the end of his regeneration cycle as spelled out in the 1976 story The Deadly Assassin.

The story stated a Time Lord can only regenerate twelve times, and Moffat considers the Doctor is now in his thirteenth, and final body. John Hurt is now officially a Doctor, sitting between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors, and David Tennant used up an extra regeneration during his stay. The writer was clear about the future, and how the Doctor is now at the end of his cycle, something that could cause problems when Matt Smith turns into Peter Capaldi in the 2013 Christmas episode. The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them..

To add to the confusion and despite the number of bodies the Doctor has had, Moffat is clear that Matt Smith is still the Eleventh Doctor. He told a press conference at London’s Excel arena that the addition of the John Hurt Doctor to the series does nothing to alter the numbering of the other incarnations.

He’s just The Doctor, Matt Smith’s Doctor is the 11th Doctor, however there is no such character as the 11th Doctor – he’s just the Doctor – that’s what he calls himself. The numbering doesn’t matter, except for those lists that you and I have been making for many years. So I’ve given you the option of not counting John Hurt numerically – he’s the War Doctor.”

Moffat also talked of how he found it irresistible to put Tom Baker into the 50th Anniversary story. “Tom didn’t want to come and do a long thing and he didn’t want to put the old costume on. He didn’t want to do any of that, but his agent said that he wasn’t against the idea of doing a short appearance.”

Baker was the longest serving Doctor, appearing from 1974-1981. Moffat said it would have been impossible to include all the surviving Doctor’s in the episode. “You can’t have scenes around 11 or 12 people – you can’t do it. To have the longest-standing Doctor make an appearance and be the one who briefs the new Doctor on where to go… well, it’s irresistible, isn’t it? You get to hear that voice again! It was just wonderful.

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