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Doctor Who and Torchwood to be Offered on Netherlands' SCI FI On Damand

NBC Universal's SCI FI On Demand is coming to Ziggo in the Netherlands reports WorldScreen.com. It will offer Doctor Who and Torchwood among other hit series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation.

With 58 percent digital TV penetration or 4.2 million Dutch households, NBCU is looking to other platforms to extend their reach with on-demand services in the region.

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 161

"250 million light years away. That's a good 10 minutes in this old thing."

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 161
Running Time: 1:34:55

News and Part 1 of our in-depth interview with Gary Russell

Hosted by Louis Trapani and Ken Deep.

David Tennant to Star in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

David Tennant is to play George Milton in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation reports the guardian.co.uk. He will be playing opposite Liam Brennan as Lennie Small

Slated to run early in 2010 in Radio 4's Classic Serial slot, Of Mice and Men chronicles the story of two migrant workers whose dream of owning their own place is destroyed in 1930s California.

The guardian.co.uk reports that it has been adapted for Radio 4 by writer Donna Franceschild for whom David Tennant had worked with in 1994 in Takin' Over the Asylum.

Kai Owen Heads Volunteering Drive for Save the Children

Kai Owen and Naoko Mori at Gallifrey 2009Kai Owen (Rhys Williams on Torchwood) will head up an emergency Wales charity volunteer drive for Save the Children according to a report in Walesonline.co.uk. The charity is looking for emergency workers to raise money when disaster hits such as earthquakes, typhoons, disease outbreaks, etc. 

"When an emergency strikes, Save the Children leap into action so they can reach children and families caught up in a disaster as quickly as possible," Kai stated.

Blackadder Creator Richard Curtis to Write Doctor Who Episode

Richard CurtisRichard Curtis, known to most for creating the popular Blackadder series starring Rowan Atkinson and for romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral has told The Sun that he will be writing a story for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith).

Curtis, aged 52, revealed, "There will be a monster. And a famous historical figure will battle the monster." He can not reveal much more.

Some of speculated that the historical figure could be none other than Sir Edmund Blackadder himself. Though this is just speculation.

Moore Bond in Doctor Who?

According to various news outlets, veteran James Bond actor, Roger Moore has been quoted saying that he would be available to guest star in Doctor Who after learning of his fellow Bond star, Timothy Dalton appearing in the series later this year. 

Timothy Dalton stepped into the James Bond role after Roger Moore left the starring role in ironic spy action film series in 1987.

Moore is quoted in saying, "I believe Timothy is to appear in one of the new episodes, so if they ever want anyone to play his dad, I'm available."

Your selection of Doctor Who news for the 2nd September 2009

The Sonic Newsdriver 20090902
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Wednesday, the 2nd of Sept. 2009

In this episode: Tabloid Tennant, Last of the TARDISes, Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2 on DVD, Dreamland, John Barrowman Made It Through Again, Catch Doctor Who: Podshock 160 and Get Your Sonic Gear, plus more!

Hosted by Louis Trapani

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 160

"On this planet there is a saying, that it is never too late."

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 160
Running Time: 1:29:03

Composers Dominic Glynn and Danny Stewart interviewed, Spearhead from Space reviewed, news, and more.

Hosted by Louis Trapani, James Naughton and Ken Deep.

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 159

"If they should break through, run as if something very nasty were after you, because something very nasty will be after you."

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 159
Running Time: 1:42:49

Special all news and feedback show.

Hosted by Louis Trapani, James Naughton and Ken Deep.

Selected Doctor Who News Delivered Sonically for the 6th of August

The Sonic Newsdriver 20090806
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Thursday the 6th of August 2009

In this episode: New Threads for 11, New TARDIS Too, No Spoilers, Revealed: John Simm and Timothy Dalton, Waters of Mars Trailer, San Diego Comic Con, Exclusive Figures Announced, Actor Harry Towb Dies, John Barrowman Made it Through, What's The Big Chill?, Doctor Who: Podshock 158 Coming Soon, and Get Your Sonic Gear, plus more!

Hosted by Louis Trapani

Nothing Major Announced at SDCC So Far

No movie or other big news coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2009 relating to Doctor Who to report as of yet. Stay tuned to the upcoming Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 157 in which we have quasi-live coverage with our correspondent Tara Wheeler of the events taking place today at the SDCC Doctor Who panel with David Tennant, Russell T Davies, and Julie Gardner and more.

With that said, it is still a very exciting convention with the guests on hand. We will have plenty to report in the next Doctor Who: Podshock.

First Glimpse at the 11th Doctor Costume

Karen Gilan and Matt SmithBBC News has posted an article along with the first published photograph of Matt Smith in his new threads that he is wearing as the 11th Doctor. 

Shooting of the new series began today, Monday in Cardiff. In this photograph (see below for large photo) of Matt Smith along with new companion, Amy Pond played by Karen Gilan can be seen wearing dark rolled up trousers, tweed jacket and bow tie, along with black shoe-laced boots. 

The new series slated to debut in the spring 2010 features Matt Smith as the Doctor taking over the role after David Tennant (whose term as the Doctor comes to an end later of this year). It also features Steven Moffat as the new Executive Producer and Lead Writer for the series, taking over after Russell T Davies completes his term ending at the close of this year with the last of the specials.

Doctor Who News Among the Torchwood News in the Sonic Newsdriver

The Sonic Newsdriver 20090717
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Friday the 17th of July 2009

In this episode: Mars is the Place to Be, Torchwood Week in America, Russell T Davis is Coming to America, Look Closely at the Torchwood Ratings, One of These Days Alice, A Fabulous Idea, McCoy Lends His Support, Doctor Who: Podshock 156 Coming Soon, and Get Your Sonic Gear, plus more!

Hosted by Louis Trapani

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Big Ratings for Torchwood: Children of Earth Day One

Torchwood: Children of Earth (episode 1) Day One saw a jump in the ratings for the show. Reportedly 5.9 million viewers in the UK is said to have watched this first episode of the third series of Torchwood according to the BBC.

Compared to between 2.5 and 4.2 million average audience of series 2 of Torchwood, it is clear that the anticipation for the return of the series has been fairly strong. This marks the highest ratings recorded for the Doctor Who spin-off show since it first came on to the scene in 2007. At that time when it was on BBC Three, it peaked at just under 1 million for its highest viewed episode.

Source: Torchwood move sees ratings boost (BBC News)

David Tennant to Star in St. Trinian's Sequel

David TennantAccording to an article by The Press Association, David Tennant has been cast as the villain "Pomfrey" in a sequel to the 2007 movie, St Trinian's. The article states that 27 year old, Sarah Harding (Girls Aloud singer) along with Tennant will be joining Rupert Evertt (who starred in the original film) and Colin Firth for this sequel named, St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.

It also states that Tennant's character will have "sidekicks from a women-hating secret society."

Additionally, Montserrat Lombard of Ashes to Ashes will also be appearing in the film.

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