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Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi Returns

(The following has been re-posted from my blog at arttrap.com)

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After a long hiatus, Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi has returned. Dave Cooper @daveac joins me, Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani as co-host in this episode in which we discuss the new Torchwood series coming to Starz in the US, series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, we invite our younger listeners for their reviews of K9 - The Series, plus we discuss Sherlock, The Deep, Ashes to Ashes, Merlin, and more. It also features part of an interview with Brian Croucher (Travis (2) on Blake's 7) that can be heard in full in Doctor Who: Podshock 219.

For more details, see Episode 8 of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi. If you are subscribing to the podcast, it is already in the feeds, or alternatively, you can download it directly here: Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Ep. 8 (MP3, 39 MB)

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Sarah Jane, The Doctor, and Jo Grant Return in October

According to various (unconfirmed) reports on the net, the new 4th series of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be returning to the BBC and CBBC on Monday, 11 October 2010 (with part 1 of The Nightmare Man by Joseph Lidster).

It is unclear whether the new series is back to one episode a week or will it be similar to last year which transmitted two episodes a week. Remember, each story takes two half-hour episodes to tell in The Sarah Jane Adventures. The BBC had commissioned two new series (24 x 30-minutes episodes), this is the first of the two (12 episodes telling six stories). No details as of yet pertaining to this series outside of the UK.

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Doctor Who BBC Proms, TV Broadcast.

The date has finally been released for the Doctor Who at the proms 2010 TV broadcast.

it is 6th September at 8:30pm on BBC 3. 

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Pandorical Viewing Figures

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

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). 

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…

Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Nathan-Turner, and Gallifreyan Embassy on 1987 WLIW Pledge Drive

In honour of Sylvester McCoy returning to New York this month and the 25th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy, we present you with this cut-down video of a WLIW pledge drive break from August 1987. At the time, like today, we had a new Doctor, the 7th Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, he along with the late Jon Pertwee and John Nathan-Turner, the then producer of Doctor Who are included in a pre-recorded interview segment in this 5th break of WLIW's Doctor Who marathon of The War Games. Eric Luskin of NJN conducts the interview.

Seen in this video among the Gallifreyan Embassy members volunteering is Ken Deep, and Louis Trapani of Doctor Who: Podshock, along with Tim Grogan, Beth Treckman, Pete "Bug" ReinertPJ, "The Anti-Doctor", Monique, and others.

Jon Pertwee Interview in 1987 WLIW Pledge Drive

Jon Pertwee Interview in 1987 WLIW Pledge Drive

A screenshot taken from the video of the Gallifreyan Embassy working the 5th pledge drive break during WLIW's marathon of Doctor Who: The War Games in August 1987. It contained pre-recorded interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, and John Nathan-Turner.

See the video interview here: Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Nathan-Turner, and Gallifreyan Embassy on 1987 WLIW Pledge Drive

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On The Examination Table About Doctor Who, GE, and Doctor Who: Podshock

The following is a reposted entry from my blog on the Art Trap Productions website.

On The Examination Table -

A couple months ago, the Examiner posted a video interview of Doctor Who: Podshock consisting of Ken Deep, James Naughton, and myself conducted by Chris McKeon. This time, I am on the examination table so to speak in this latest interview with examiner.com once again by Chris McKeon. In it, I speak about Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Podshock, the Gallifreyan Embassy, and some of our other shows. This interview was conducted about two weeks prior (mid-March) of the BBC premiering the first Matt Smith as The Doctor story of new series of Doctor Who, The Eleventh Hour.

You can find the interview here on examiner.com: Louis Trapani of Doctor Who Podshock visits the Examiner again

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in Hamlet Hits PBS Tonight

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in HamletIf you missed seeing it on stage, now you can catch it on PBS in the US tonight. David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet

David Tennant plays Hamlet and Patrick Stewart is Claudius star in this production of Hamlet which is airing tonight (Wednesday, 28 April 2010) across PBS stations in the US on the Great Performances series at 8pm (check your local listing for dates and times). In the New York area, that means WNET, channel 13 tonight and on WLIW, channel 21 on Sunday, 2 May 2010.

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."

The Beast Below Comes to BBC America This Saturday

Be sure to catch the next episode of Doctor Who on BBC America this Saturday night at 9/8c. In the episode titled "The Beast Below," The Doctor takes Amy to the distant future, where she finds all of Britain on a giant spaceship:

Doctor Who Premiere is the Highest Rated Telecast Ever on BBC America!

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BBC America had its ratings records broken with the premiere of Doctor Who this past Saturday, the 17th of April, 2010. It delivered 1.2 million viewers (live and same day viewers) making it the highest rated telecast ever for BBC America! Doctor Who is also the currently the number 1 TV series in the Apple iTunes store (see links below). 

Here is a breakdown of the ratings for Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour on BBC America:

The Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 was BBC AMERICA's best Live + Same Day P2+ rating (.68) and delivery ever (1,196,000).
The Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 was BBC AMERICA's best Live + Same Day A25-54 rating (.89) and delivery ever (682,000).
In Live + Same Day coverage rating, BBC AMERICA premiere beat SYFY's season premieres for Doctor Who seasons 2-4 in P2+ and P25-54.
The .89 in P25-54 coverage rating for the Doctor Who premiere on Saturday, April 17 ranked #2 among all ad supported cable nets in its time period (9-10:10PM).

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.

BBC America Clip from Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (SPOILERS) (video)

There is only one more week until the new season of Doctor Who starts on BBC America , Saturday, April 17th at 9/8c. Check out a new clip from the premiere (contains possible SPOILERS):

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