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Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 218

"We're always in trouble! Isn't this extraordinary… it follows us everywhere!"

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 218
Running Time: 1:29:01

We interview the legendary first ever director of Doctor Who, Waris Hussein. West Coast Correspondents Joshua Lou Friedmen and Amy Krell join us for this historic interview in which we discuss An Unearthly Child and Marco Polo as well as how Doctor Who of old compares to new. Plus Matt Smith puts on southern American accents in Doctor Who: The Runaway Train, and more!

Hosted by Louis Trapani, Ken Deep, Joshua Lou Friedman, and Amy Krell.

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Pandorical Viewing Figures

The viewing figures for Doctor Who's Season 5 penultimate episode, are in for the overnights.

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Torchwood S4 Commisioned

BBC Cymru WalesBBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network Starz Entertainmenthave today announced a three-way co-production partnership that will develop a new series of the hit BBC sci-fi drama Torchwood. BBC Worldwide will also distribute the series to broadcasters globally.  The 10-episode instalment will be written by a team led by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies and produced by BBC Worldwide productions.

Where to Watch New Doctor Who…

New Doctor WhoOne of the questions we are asked often is how to watch the new (2010) episodes of Doctor Who. As one might guess, these questions for the most part come from outside of the UK. Obviously for those in the UK, one just has to check the Radio Times listings to see where and when they can watch new episodes of Doctor Who on the various BBC channels and/or the BBC iPlayer.

Outside of the UK though, it is trickier, but there are various choices. It comes down to the digital medium, be it digital downloads, streaming, or on a physical disc or transmission/broadcast medium (which today is digital as well, but we get too technical here). 

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The 8th comes to 7 ?


The Eighth Doctor returns to BBC Radio 7 Sunday 16th may when the station begins airing selected stories from the third series of the Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures.

Four out of eight stories will be broadcast, from the series first released by Big Finish in 2009. Radio Seven has previously broadcast the first two series of the Eighth Doctor Adventures.

The series starts on BBC Radio 7 on Sunday 16th May at 6pm with a repeat at midnight BST.
Radio 7 can be heard around the world via the BBC Website.

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Vampires over night Figures

Unofficial overnight figures for The Vampires of Venice was watched by 6.2 million viewers with a share of 30.6% of the audience.
5.90 million watched on BBC One, where it was again the most watched programme of the evening, with an additional 0.24 million watching on BBC HD.
The rating was down slightly on the previous week, most probably due to the earlier time slot. On ITV1, Funniest Ever You've Been Framed! had 4.4 million watching.

This is now showing a few parallels with Doctor Who of old, that constantly shifting the times of transmission will mean that viewing figures will drop.

Karen Gillan Talks of Her Role as Amy Pond on 'Graham Norton' (video)

Doctor Who's new assistant Karen Gillan discusses life in the TARDIS. Is Amy Pond like a badly paid stripper? Preview of The Graham Norton Show…

Steven Moffat on the Return of the Weeping Angels

Executive Producer and Lead Writer for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat writes in the BBC TV Blog about The Return of the Weeping Angels (The Time of Angels). He says, "Good Doctor Who monsters have to come back - it's a rule. But my feeling is that you always have to bring back a monster and do something different with it."

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Fox Torches Torchwood

TorchwoodAccording to an article in The Hollywood Reporter today, it reports that BBC Worldwide has in a statement said, "BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format. We are currently in discussion with several interested networks."

Paul Cornell's New Pulse Pilot - An Exciting New Horror Drama

Paul CornellWriter of some of the best Doctor Who stories in recent years and long time friend of Doctor Who: Podshock, Paul Cornell has written a pilot for a possible new series on BBC3, Pulse.

The 60-minute pilot scheduled for this spring on BBC3 is a medical horror drama set in one of the UK's top teaching hospitals, St Timothy's. It is home of the country's most promising trainee doctors, but beneath its veneer of medical normality lies a secret network of dangerous experiments pushing back the boundaries of science with potentially horrifying consequences.

It stars Claire Foy as Hannah Carter whose mother was a consultant at the hospital before she died suddenly a year prior. Taking a year off teetering on the edge with grief, she's back to resume her training. Hannah remains fragile, so when she starts glimpsing strange events in the hospital and unsettling behavior from her ex-boyfriend and star surgeon Nick played by Stephen Campbell Moore, she's unsure what to believe.

Hannah puts her sanity on the line, ignoring the pleas around her to uncover the truth of the hospital.

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What a difference BBC America makes!

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Doctor Who is on a billboard, on the sides of buses, and there are screenings in major cities throughout the country, featuring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and executive producer Steven Moffat. What country is this? It's got to be the UK, right?

WRONG!!!! It's the United States of America!

So what's changed? When the show was relaunched in 2005, and when David Tennant became the Doctor there was nothing. Well, that was when the show was on Sci-Fi. Now it's on BBC America, the show's natural home, and these people just get it! They know that the show can be a huge success - it's already the #1 show on the channel, and want the show to be even bigger!

Doctor Who: The Beast Below Preview Promo (video)

The preview promo for episode 2 of the 2010 series of Doctor Who, The Beast Below. Be sure to catch our live over-the-net review the day after on Sunday.

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The 11th Hour for the 11th Doctor.


So now that the 11th Hour has Aired on British TV, the first points are in.

8.3 million: is the initial number of People who watched Who on the overnights.  That's the Overnight figures from the BBC for BBC1 and BBC HD, this does not include DVR recordings for those not able to watch live, or the Number of views on the iPlayer.  Though quite interestingly enough, the quality of Video for the Confidential on the BBC iPlayer was Higher than for the actual 11th Hour programme its self.

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Series 6(2 Doctor 11,31,Fnarg2) and Press Pack

I got another Birthday Treat as Series 6 has been confirmed for next year, Speaking at Thursday's Press Launch, New Series Producer, Piers Wenger, has confirmed that Series Six of Doctor Who has been commissioned and that Matt Smith will return as The Doctor, as well as starring in a Christmas Special later in the year.  There is currently no confirmation whether the new companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), will return or not.

Series Five Press Pack

This is part of the Information released to the press as part of the usual Programme launch press pack.  It includes two interviews one with Matt Smith and one with Karen Gillan.

Doctor Who Series 31 Promo Trailer - 19 March 2010

The latest promo trailer for Doctor Who, the new series starting Saturday 3 April 2010 on BBC One.

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