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     Who is the Greatest Doctor Who?  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Louis
     Dated:  Thursday, June 28 2007 @ 11:40 PM EDT
     Viewed:  738 times  
    Doctor Who News

    Starting on Friday, the 29th of June, you will be able to vote for Who is the Greatest Doctor Who? at BBC's UKTV Drama website. The vote leads up to their Doctor Who Weekend on the 14th and 15th of July.

    So be sure to vote, not for Saxon, but rather for Who is the Greatest Doctor Who? In addition to the vote, UKTV Drama will be creating a fansite forum where sites such as the Gallifreyan Embassy among others can express why their favourite Doctor should win the vote.

    > Link to the website: UKTV Drama


     The "Last" is longer . . .  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Wednesday, June 27 2007 @ 08:27 PM EDT
     Viewed:  1,139 times  
    Doctor Who NewsAs user daveac has noticed in his television listings for Saturday, 30 June 2007, episode 13 is indeed slightly longer than usual. This squares with hints Julie Gardner gave in a March podcast for The Stage, and indeed Russell T. Davies' flat statement in Doctor Who Magazine #384.

    However, a mystery still seems to lie in the difference of the allotted times for the initial broadcast on Saturday, wherein 50 minutes are given on BBC1, and the repeat broadcasts on BBC3, where "Last of the Time Lords" is afforded 55 minutes.

    Freema Ageyman's main fansite is quoting a run-time of 51.5 minutes.

    Does this wide range of "time slots" mean anything about the version one might see on a given evening? Are there multiple copies? Why allow 55 minutes if the episode is only about 52? What will this mean for the episode's upcoming broadcast on the American SciFi Channel? As of today, these are all unanswered questions, sure to force dedicated Doctor Who fans to tape each broadcast and check for possible differences.


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    Most Recent Post: 06/29 05:05PM by DarthSkeptical

     Who's on Welsh Radio?  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Thursday, June 14 2007 @ 02:00 AM EDT
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    Doctor Who News

    As reported last weekend on Outpost Gallifrey, Radio Wales began a three-episode series on the afternoon "Blink" debuted. Called Doctor Who: Back in Time, the series will put out a new episode on at 1pm on 9, 16 and 23 June. Julian Carey is the host of the series, which seeks to connect Welsh listners to their homegrown flagship programme.

    The first in the series, which has obviously already aired, features Carey in an in-depth interview with David Tennant. Coming up this Saturday is an exploration of the economic and social impact the production of Doctor Who is having on Wales. On the 23d, a more free-form episode debuts, which will allow cast and crew to answer questions from various members of the Welsh public.

    Each episode is available worldwide for a week after its initial broadcast.


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    Most Recent Post: 06/14 09:45PM by Louis

     Runaway Bride & Series Three on CBC  View Printable Version  
     Author:  MikeD
     Dated:  Wednesday, June 06 2007 @ 04:48 PM EDT
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    Doctor Who News The debut of the latest series of Doctor WHo approaches on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Doctor Who will retain its Monday nights at 8:00pm (8:30pm in Newfoundland) timeslot.

    The CBC has tentative plans to broadcast the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special The Runaway Bride from 8:00pm to 9:30pm on Monday June 11th, 2007. The broadcast depends on the NHL Stanley Cup Finals lasting less than seven games. The Anaheim Ducks currently lead the series over the Ottawa Senators 3 games to 1 so if the Ducks win on either Wednesday the 6th or Saturday the 9th the series will be over and Doctor Who will air on June 11th. If the series goes to a seventh game The Runaway Bride will be rescheduled.

    Either way broadcast of the 2007 series on the CBC will start on Monday June 18th, 2007 at 8:00pm with Smith and Jones.

    The CBC is currently airing a promo that contains clips from The Runaway Bride, Smith & Jones, The Shakespeare Code and Gridlock.

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     Davies hopes for a better 2008 Annual  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Saturday, May 19 2007 @ 08:07 PM EDT
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    Doctor Who NewsEarlier in the year, we reported on the relative success of the 2007 Annual. However, at least one consumer was not best pleased with the BBC's initial yuletide Doctor Who book.

    In a 12 March 2007 interview with SFX magazine, the subject of brand maintenance was discussed with Russell T. Davies. He spoke of some specific issues in keeping up the quality of licensed merchandise, and eventually came round to reveal he thought the record-breaking 2007 Annual had room for improvement.

    Here's an extract:

    "So yeah, [we try to keep the ''Doctor Who'' brand consistent] in the way that a Hollywood studio looks after Harry Potter. It’s that important to do, to keep the consistency. It’s like when you were a kid you used to buy those famous old Doctor Who annuals that were so mad, and disconcerting, and you wouldn’t sit there on Christmas Day going, ‘Hurray! What a marvellous annual!’ I mean, they were mad! You wanted pages full of Daleks and Cybermen and secrets of the TARDIS and things like that. And I don’t think the annual was good enough this year, to be honest - they had a reprinted comic strip in. This year they’re not going to get away with that I hope, we’ve been sending off memos. It was a lovely piece of work and it made the headlines cos it outsold The Beano; nonetheless - not good enough. The annual was good, but it could get better. So you give notes on things like that, although they don’t always listen to you."

    The full text of the wide-ranging interview—which also includes a detailed rationale for keeping the show Earth bound for now—is available online.


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    Most Recent Post: 06/03 12:08PM by Tardis-Knight

     Canada: Series Three to start on CBC June 2007  View Printable Version  
     Author:  MikeD
     Dated:  Sunday, March 04 2007 @ 12:25 PM EST
     Viewed:  1,319 times  
    Doctor Who NewsThe Doctor Who Information Network (DWIN) has received a statement from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) indicating that they will start broadcasting Series Three of Doctor Who in June 2007. The exact date and time slot have yet to be confirmed.

    The CBC also indicated that they may also be airing the 2006 Christmas Special "The Runaway Bride" at this time but that has not yet been confirmed.

    Also announced was that Series One of Torchwood will air on the CBC in the Autumn of 2007.

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    Most Recent Post: 03/04 06:53PM by Louis

     2007 Annual Tops Charts; Sends Competitors Scrambling  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Friday, February 09 2007 @ 09:23 PM EST
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    Doctor Who NewsThe 2007 Doctor Who Annual has done something no other annual can claim: it's gone to the head of its class. Easily surpassing the almost-never-broken £1 million mark, the title dethroned the traditional Christmastime winner, The Beano Annual.

    This failure has prompted Beano publishers, DC Thomson, to start a new version of The Beano—called The BeanoMAX—which will feature the Daleks appearing alongside traditional Beano characters in its inaugural issue.

    This new version of the classic British comic will appeal to a slightly older crowd of kids, offering longer stories, deeper characterization, and (like the BBC's other 2006 smash hit, Doctor Who Adventures) giveaway toys with every issue.

    The sales figures for the 2007 Doctor Who Annual weren't simply down to a higher price point, but an absolute victory in terms of units sold. According to a report in The Guardian, the annual sold 271,551 units versus The Beano's 187,172. Other also-rans included the Disney/Pixar Annual at 80,703, the Star Wars Annual at 63,053 and the Manchester United Annual at 50,851.

    The 2007 Annual was the first time that the Doctor Who Christmas staple had been offered by a branch of the BBC itself. Coupled with the runaway success of Doctor Who Adventures—which itself has been the top weekly seller in the UK comics charts—BBC Children's Books have already had the best single year of marketing Doctor Who tie-in kids' publications in the history of Doctor Who merchandising.


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    Most Recent Post: 02/09 10:09PM by tarashnat

     Series 2 Box set differences between Canada and US releases  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Russel
     Dated:  Friday, December 29 2006 @ 02:19 PM EST
     Viewed:  1,038 times  
    Doctor Who NewsFans of Doctor Who in Canada will have to wait a little longer to get thier hands on a copy of the Series 2 box set. In a very strange move, the release date for the set in Canada has now been moved to February 6th while the US release still stays at January 16th. Not sure why the BBC wants to wait 3 weeks longer to release it in Canada.

    The pricing for the set is also interesting, currently at Amazon US it is listed on slae at $69.99 while at Amazon Canada it is seeling for $87.49 and at the Chapters books website for $93.74. Quite the price difference if you ask me, even with the exchange rate.

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    Most Recent Post: 02/19 09:33PM by Palms

     Unconfirmed report - David Tennant to quit  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Will-I-Am
     Dated:  Thursday, December 28 2006 @ 01:03 AM EST
     Viewed:  1,386 times  
    Doctor Who NewsAs first reported on Outpost Gallifrey earlier this evening (12/27), David Tennant is being rumored by The Sun (in their 12/28 headline article) to have an exit planned for midway through the as-of-yet uncommissioned 4th Series for 2008. Already, this has BBC supposedly scrambling to find their 11th Doctor.

    The entire article can be read here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2001320029-2006600210,00.html

    Again, this news is unconfirmed at this time. Stay tuned.

     Ratings for The Runaway Bride  View Printable Version  
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Wednesday, December 27 2006 @ 12:04 PM EST
     Viewed:  989 times  
    Doctor Who NewsThe television ratings for Christmas have been published with The Runaway Bride failing to runaway with the top slot.

    The Doctor Who Christmas special achieved a very respectable 4th place behind The Vicar of Dibley (very popular on both sides of the Atlantic) and two long running soap operas.

    8.7 million viewers watched the Christmas Special beating strong competition from Little Britain (with 4th Doctor Tom Baker as narrator)

    Details can be read here:

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13559390,00.html

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