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The surprise live special is BBC AMERICA’s best telecast ever outside of Prime among A25-54


Following the announcement, BBC AMERICA to encore Torchwood: Children of Earth starring

the next Doctor Peter Capaldi on Sunday, August 11



New York – August 7, 2013 – BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor special on Sunday, August 4, at2:00pm ET was the #1 telecast in all of television for the day (excluding sports) in social media in the US.* 


The special, which was revealed on schedules last Thursday night, announced multi-award-winning actor Peter Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor, taking over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas.  Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor delivered 895,000 total viewers and 454,000 among A25-54.** It is BBC AMERICA’s best telecast ever outside of Prime among A25-54 and is behind only the Royal Wedding for the best telecast outside of Prime in total viewers.


Twitter activity around the special was double the hit sci-fi series’ season average for BBC AMERICA. In the peak of the activity, six out of the ten trending topics in the US were related to the announcement. On Tumblr, there were 11.84 million views of the Official Doctor Who Tumblr posts since Thursday and fans created 3 million Doctor Who-related reblogs on the day of the announcement.


Encore of Five-Part Television Event – Torchwood: Children of Earth

In celebration of the announcement, BBC AMERICA will encore the channel’s critically acclaimed five-parter,Torchwood: Children of Earth, starring Peter Capaldi alongside John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd.Torchwood, a Doctor Who spin-off, delivered record ratings for the channel in 2009. Children of Earth sees an ordinary day become one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: “We are coming.” The Torchwood team is faced with their fiercest threat to date – one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiraling into danger. Torchwood: Children of Earth will air in its entirety on Sunday, August 11, 2:00-7:00pm ET.


Past Doctors Star in Tonight’s Premieres

Law & Order: UK starring the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, returns with a new season on tonight at 9:00pm ETfollowed by the US premiere of the acclaimed eight-part drama, Broadchurch, starring the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, at 10:00pm ET.

Doctor Who Fans launch Crowdfunding Campaign for a new Doctor Who documentary

 For the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest running science fiction show, three London based filmmakers have got together to produce a new documentary about examining how the face of Doctor Who fandom has changed since the series returned to TV screens in 2005.




London, UK – –  Doctor Who has entertained fans for five decades. Many fans who have grown up watching the show in their youth have even ended up working on the series in some capacity. For example, actor Peter Capaldi, recently announced as the Twelfth Doctor, is a self-confessed fan and famously wrote to the producers as a teenager. Writer and author Cameron K. McEwan (aka Doctor Who blogger @BlogtorWho) has teamed up with filmmakers Elisar Cabrera and Jack Ayers to produce a new documentary on how fandom has changed since the series came back in 2005. There have been many documentaries about Doctor Who but this unique one by Capital City Entertainment is about the fans themselves and its changing face over the years.


The film is already in production and several familiar faces to Doctor Who fandom have agreed to appear in it. Interviews have been recorded with former companions: Sophie Aldred (Ace), Louise Jameson (Leela), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond); recurring characters, Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), Dan Starkey (Strax) and Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar); writers James Moran (“The Fires of Pompeii”), Jane Espenson (“Torchwood: Miracle Day”) and Andrew Smith (“Full Circle”); former Doctor Who script editors Gary Russell and Eric Saward; comic writers Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who), Simon Furman (Doctor Who Magazine strips and Transformers), Dan Slott (Spiderman) and Richard Starkings (Elephantmen); and many more including many Doctor Who fans who have been filmed at various conventions around the country.


The production team chose to bypass traditional documentary film funding avenues and intend to raise their final production and film release costs for their film on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.com, a website where contributors can donate to creative projects and good causes in exchange for “perks”.


We wanted to keep this film 100% independently produced and distributed as we have always said through the production process this film is ‘by fans for fans’,” said co-director Elisar Cabrera.


The Indiegogo campaign can be found at http://igg.me/at/whoschanging


“As well as offering the standard perk of a free DVD, we thought we’d offer other perks that help bring Doctor Who fans together in this film. So, we have one perk that offers the chance to see edited clips before the release as well as a perk that gives fans a chance to contribute to the film their own photo memories of being a fan,” said co-director Cameron K. McEwan.

Peter Capaldi IS The Doctor

In an announcement in front of, it seems, the world, The Thick of It star Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new Doctor and will take over from Matt Smith at Christmas, with a full series beginning in earnest next autumn.

A lifelong fan of the series, he even congratulated Matt Smith at the beginning of his tenure, but, for Steven Moffat, was the only man for the role of the 12th Doctor.

More when we get a chance, but, for now… Peter Capaldi IS the Doctor!

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Amid much hype and speculation, Peter Capaldi was unveiled as the next Doctor during a special live television event on BBC ONE tonight.

Widely regarded as one of the biggest roles in British television, Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas.

Peter Capaldi says : “Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege. Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says : “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”

Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says “I’m so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven’s writing and his talent I know we’ll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can’t wait to start this new adventure!”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says : “Peter Capaldi has all the genius and versatility needed to take on the mantel of the great Time Lord and make the role his own.  He’ll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven’s house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man. He’s an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can’t wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he’s going to become one of the all-time classic Doctors.”

Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales


Peter Capaldi is an award winning actor, film maker and lifelong Doctor Who fan.

He has enjoyed an illustrious career to date in both film and television.

Before securing the coveted role of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter first appeared in Doctor Who in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”.

Peter grew up in Glasgow and attended the Glasgow School of Art, while studying there he secured his first breakthrough role in Local Hero (1983).  He has also had roles in Dangerous Liaisons, The Crow Road, The Devil’s Whore and Torchwood: Children of Earth.

It is his role as Government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series, The Thick of It , that has earned Peter both international and award success.  In 2010 he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role and the BPG Best Actor Award. In both 2010 and 2012, Peter won the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor.  A film spin-off from The Thick of It, entitled In the Loop, was released in 2009.

As well as appearing in front of the camera, Peter is an award winning film maker.  In 1995, he won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life.  He also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the audience award at the London Film Festival, and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra. Peter’s stage credits include Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse, which saw the play transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London.

2013 has been a busy year for Peter who has been seen on screen in the film World War Z and in BBC Two drama series The Hour, for which he was BAFTA nominated.  Not only will Peter film his first scenes for Doctor Who this Autumn, but he will appear in the forthcoming film The Fifth Estate and the Disney film Maleficent.

Peter is currently filming new BBC One drama series The Musketeers, in which he plays Cardinal Richelieu which will launch in early 2014.


The Twelfth Doctor To Be Announced

Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor

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In a special one-off live television event on BBC One this Sunday 4th August at 7pm, the next Doctor will be exclusively revealed to the nation.

Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the show’s host Zoe Ball will unveil the 12th Doctor in the first ever interview in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, amongst Daleks and the TARDIS.

The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.

Excitement will reach fever pitch as they speculate and recall their favourites, plus feature clips and moments from across the show’s 50 year history.

Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews about one of the biggest roles in TV and set out just what it takes to be the Doctor.

Steven Moffat says: “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says: “BBC One is the home of big live events and this special live show is the perfect way to reveal the identity of the next Doctor and share it with the nation. The Doctor is a truly iconic role and I’m more than excited about the booking

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says: “We can’t wait to unveil the next Doctor with everyone live on BBC1 on Sunday night.  Amongst all the speculation and betting, there has been lots of fun and intrigue at work as we’ve been using the codename Houdini as a decoy! It’s the biggest secret in showbiz, even those working with the new Doctor on other projects at the moment have no idea they are in the presence of the 12th incarnation.

Keep up to date with all the latest news about the show and special guests as we build to the big climax over the next few days and follow www.facebook.com/BBCOne, @ BBCOne and @bbcdoctorwho and bbc.co.uk/doctorwho

The special live show is made by BBC Entertainment and Events for BBC One, Guy Freeman is Executive producer and Pinki Chambers is Executive Commissioning Editor. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One.

The show will be simulcast live on BBC America.  Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales.

Series 7 Boxset US and Canada

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                       Three Companions, Two Christmases, One Thrilling Season


Street Date: September 24, 2013

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $79.98 ($99.90 in Canada)

                                        Blu-ray $89.98 ($109.50 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 645 mins + bonus material / 6-disc set


New York – July 29, 2013 – BBC Home Entertainment releases all thirteen blockbuster episodes from the seventh series of the iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who on Blu-ray and DVD on September 24, 2013. In addition, the set collects the 2011 and 2012 Christmas Specials, and exciting bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, “Doctor Who at Comic Con”, the BBC AMERICA specials “The Companions” and “Doctor Who in the US,” and more. These latest adventures test the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and prove that even a madman with a box needs help sometimes.


Say farewell to the Ponds all over again. Meet the enigmatic Clara for the first time – and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great soufflé. With a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans breathless, this set arrives just in time to catch up before the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special on November 23, and the Doctor’s regeneration in this year’s Christmas Special.


In The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special, the Doctor proves that sometimes wishes really do come true when his mysterious gift leads Madge Arwell and her two children to a magical wintry wonderland. Then, in the first part of series seven, the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) make their final voyages with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. But when they arrive in Manhattan the Weeping Angels are waiting for them – and the Doctor has to say goodbye to his companions forever.


The 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, brings the Doctor a new friend (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in Victorian London – but has he already met her before? And will she be able to pull him from his mourning in time to save London from the chilling menace that threatens it? The final eight episodes of series seven see the Doctor and his new companion battle monsters on distant alien planets, become trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chase terrifying ghosts, and come face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. When his friends are kidnapped, the Doctor and Clara are forced to visit the fields of Trenzalore, where the question that must never be answered is finally asked… and the Doctor uncovers the secret of the Impossible Girl.


The incredible list of guest stars includes John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films) Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), David Warner (Titanic, TRON), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove, Ever After: A Cinderella Story), Ben Browder (Farscape), David Bradley (Game of Thrones) Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, The Woman in Black), the mother-daughter duo of Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) and Rachael Stirling (Women in Love, Snow White and the Huntsman), and the voice of Sir Ian McKellan (The Lord of The Rings films). The episodes are written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, as well as Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Chris Chibnall, Toby Whithouse and Stephen Thompson.

Doctor Who premieres as part of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday programming block in the US, and on SPACE in Canada.

Bonus features include:


–       Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode of Series 7 plus  The Snowmen 

–       Interviews with Matt Smith and Jenna-Louse Coleman from BBC AMERICA’s The Nerdist

–       All-new featurettes INFORARIUM, Clara and the TARDIS, and Rain Gods

–       Other featurettes including: The Making of the Gunslinger, Creating Clara, Last Days of the Ponds, and Pond Life

–       Doctor Who Specials: The Science of Doctor Who, Doctor Who in the US, The Companions, and Doctor Who at Comic Con

–       Prequels to episodes: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (x3), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (x2)


–       Audio commentary for episodes: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, and The Crimson Horror

Radio Times suggests new Doctor revealed in August!

The Radio Times are reporting that the 12th Doctor has been cast and that:

“Serious consideration is being given to unveiling the new Doctor on a surprise Doctor Who Confidential as happened with Matt Smith’s unveiling in 2010, with some sources confirming that it will be in August.

Who is the new Doctor?

Thanks to Robert over at PlanetMondas.com for pointing this one out to us!


The Doctor arrives at Lakeland

Dalek Cakes


Today, Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware, announces the exciting launch of its new and exclusive range of Doctor Who themed baking products, just in time for the Doctor’s 50th Anniversary this autumn.


Lakeland may not know much about time travel, but when it comes to baking, they’re the experts. They’ve used their expertise, working in partnership with BBC Worldwide, to develop a themed selection of items to take baking to a whole new dimension. Their out-of-this-world range features all the best-loved (and most-feared) characters and will delight fans young and old.


Angel Cake


What better way to celebrate his 50th anniversary than by throwing a Doctor Who-themed party? You’ll find everything you could possibly need in the Lakeland range from a 3D Dalek Cake Mould to a TARDIS cupcake kit and even wraps and toppers to help create your own edible army of Daleks. Prepare to make, bake and exterminate!





24 Dalek Cupcake Wraps & Toppers, Ref 18029, £9.99

The full range comprises of:

TARDIS Cupcake Kit, Ref 18030, £9.99

Cake Decorating Kit, Ref 18028, £4.99

Cake Pan, Ref 18037, £12.99

6-Piece Dusting Set, Ref 18034, £3.49

TARDIS Chocolate Mould, Ref 18035, £4.99

Dalek Cake Mould, Ref 18036, £16.99

50 Dalek Cupcake Cases, Ref 18027, £2.99

Dalek Cake Stand, Ref 18026, £7.99

Cookie Cutters, £4.99 Each set

20 Napkins, Ref 18032, £2.99

12 Paper Plates, Ref 18031, £3.99

Garland, Ref 18033, £6.99

Ice Cube Tray, Ref 18039, £4.99

24 Straws, Ref 18024, £2.99









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New Exclusive Items Celebrating Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary,

First Ever Orphan Black T-Shirt and New Sherlock T-Shirt

Booth #3629


New York – July 15, 2013 – BBC America Shop is back for its sixth year at San Diego Comic-Con, bringing an incredible array of products including SDCC exclusives and debuts at the BBC America Shop booth (#3629). 





ORPHAN BLACK: Exclusive T-Shirt        $25

When did I become us? The first t-shirt released for BBC America’s hit original series Orphan Black will be available in Men’s and Women’s sizes S-XXL. The shirt features the iconic stick figure drawing from the show on the front and the title treatment on the back.





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SHERLOCK: Exclusive T-Shirt                  $25

In 2012 BBC America Shop brought our first-ever exclusive Sherlock shirt to San Diego Comic-Con, and it was so popular that we sold out within our first day. This year we’re bringing a new design, with “Get Sherlock” printed on the front and the show’s title treatment on the back, for all the fans that missed their chance last year. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes S-XXL.







50th Doctor Who T-Shirt


DOCTOR WHO: 50th Anniversary T-shirt                  $25

Why pick one Doctor when you can have them all? Celebrate Doctor Who’s 50thAnniversary with this exclusive t-shirt featuring every Doctor, from William Hartnell’s First Doctor through Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. Available in Men’s and Ladies’ sizes S-XXL.





Modern TARDIS T-Shirt



DOCTOR WHO: Modern TARDIS T-shirt       $25

This exclusive TARDIS t-shirt design, winner of the BBC America Shop Fan Poll, will never go out of style- though we can’t confirm if it’s bigger on the inside. Available in Men’s and Ladies’ sizes S-XXL.







DOCTOR WHO: Tenth Doctor Tuxedo Vinyl     $10

If you’re a fan of Titan Entertainment’s new line of Doctor Who blind box mini figures (designed by Matt Jones) then you’re really going to love this San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Exclusive Tuxedo Variant Tenth Doctor vinyl figure. Based on the Doctor’s look from the 2007 Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned”, this limited edition figure can only be purchased at SDCC.








ID Holder

DOCTOR WHO: 50th Anniversary ID Holder        $10

Another exclusive Doctor Who item in honor of the show’s 50th Anniversary, this ID holder is the next best thing to psychic paper.











50th Ann Remote

DOCTOR WHO: 50th Anniversary Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control   $200

The 50th Anniversary Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote is a strictly limited-edition gold and silver plated version of the Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic. Supplied in a premium high quality presentation box, with a certificate of authenticity, each of the 250 units are individually laser-numbered.





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DOCTOR WHO: Ace from Remembrance of the Daleks         $20

The Seventh Doctor first met Ace in the Iceworld trading colony on the planet Svartos. Ace was from Perivale on Earth in the 1980s; she hated her real name ‘Dorothy’, and instead rebelliously went by ‘Ace’. She had a dangerous aptitude for high explosives and never shied away from danger. A teen tearaway Ace matured considerably during her travels with the Doctor, encountering on the way many wondrous planets and places and a true menagerie of enemies, including Cybermen and even the Master. But it was against the Daleks on Earth in 1963 that she showed the most pluck by dispatching several of them with her trademark Nitro-9 explosives, an RPG and even a baseball bat enhanced by Time Lord technology (accessories included).

Radio Times Reveals 12th Doctor Audition Script

Doctor WhoThe Radio Times website has revealed one of the audition scripts used for the 12th Doctor casting, as appears in this month’s DWM.

Stephen Moffat is on hand to remind everyone that its just an audition script, and the scene will never appear on the show, however it still makes for an interesting glimpse behind the scenes.

Check out the script on the Radio Times website.

Skerratt Media: Menston Green

Menston Green is an audio comedy focussing on the trials and tribulations of the production team behind a failing soap opera. Charged with reversing the sliding show’s fortunes, newly appointed nice-but-dim producer Dale Delaney assembles an unlikely production team and cast, who then proceed to bend the soap to their various wills with disastrous and (hopefully) hilarious results.

To be honest, this is only partially successful. Very often the humour descends from funny to just plain silly – for example, the way Delaney recruits his script writer and director is just daft, as is the direction in which he takes the soap. However, there’s a strange internal logic to the story, and while none of the characters seem to go on any kind of journey – their drives and aspirations change not one iota from start to finish – the show itself does in a weird kind of way, with a semi-triumphant ending for one of the antiheroes that feels not inappropriate, if a little disappointing for anyone rooting for the soap itself.

Performances aren’t bad throughout – and of course, special guest star Colin Baker as the Controller of Programming puts in his usual bravura interpretation of his role. Similarly, the sound design throughout is excellent. (There seems to be little I don’t say that about these days, so obviously this is an industry in which the UK can still be seen to excel.)

Overall, it’s an entertaining, if slightly silly, hour of ones life, and there probably can’t be too many of those. 

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