Tuesday 21 May 2013, 13:32
Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat arrived at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York yesterday (Monday 20 May) to pick up an Institutional Peabody Award for Doctor Who. But that's not the only good news on the awards front - Doctor Who has also been nominated in the Best Drama Series category in the TVChoice Awards 2013.
The prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards celebrate excellence in radio and television broadcasting and is one of the highest honours in television. The awarding committee described the show as:
"Seemingly immortal, 50-years-old and still running, this engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series is awarded an Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe".
The Peabody Award is voted for by a panel of distinguished academics, television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. The TVChoice awards are voted for by you, the audience. Now in its 17th year honouring TV's most popular stars and shows, you can back your favourites by voting online or via the magazine forms.
The TV Choice Awards will take place on Monday 9 September so hopefully Matt and...
Saturday 18 May 2013, 20:57
A little earlier, Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, gave this thank you message…
Well that was all a bit Keystone Cops, wasn't it? Our biggest surprise, our most secret episode, a revelation about the Doctor that changes everything...
... and we'd have got away with it too, if we hadn't accidentally sent Blu Ray copies of Name Of The Doctor to 210 Doctor Who fans in America.
Erm - security-wise, that's not GOOD, is it? I mean, it's not top notch, it's hard to defend as professional level, hard-line secrecy.
My favourite fact is that they're BLU RAYS. Listen, we don't just leak any old rubbish, we leak in high def. 1080p or nothing, that's us. Every last pixel in beautifully rendered detail. It's like getting caught extra naked.
But here's the thing. Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. 210 of them, with the top secret episode in their grasp - and because we asked nicely, they didn't breathe a word. Not one. Even Doctor Who websites have been closing their comments sections, just in case anyone blurts. I'm gobsmacked. I'm impressed. Actually, I'm humbled. And we are all very grateful.
Now you might be thinking...
Saturday 18 May 2013, 19:45
We’re delighted to confirm a new series of Doctor Who has been commissioned and the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, has revealed he’s already plotting a brand new run of adventures for the Doctor.
But way before that hits our screens we have a huge amount to look forward to. Your calendars should already have a big red circle around 23 November because that’s when the TARDIS returns in the frankly Earth-shattering adventure that celebrates half a century of Doctor Who. This 3D special stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman with David Tennant and John Hurt, seen briefly at the end of The Name of the Doctor. Billie Piper returns alongside Jemma Redgrave, Joanna Page… and the Zygons!
Later this year the BBC also premieres An Adventure in Space and Time, the brilliant drama written by Mark Gatiss that looks at the genesis of Doctor Who. If this video location report is anything to go by, we’re in for a memorable insight into the show’s origins...
Saturday 18 May 2013, 19:43
As the Doctor himself said on Trenzalore, he’s had loads of bodies. That’s because the Doctor is a Time Lord, and Time Lords have the ability to regenerate their bodies when they’re worn out or dying. This means that his old body transforms into a new one, along with a new appearance and persona – a brand new Doctor! But underneath these surface changes, he’s still the same man, the same hero and adventurer.
The series finale gave us glimpses of many Doctors, including the very first - that was the white-haired figure that Clara spoke to at the beginning of the episode. We saw...
Friday 17 May 2013, 10:37
We’ve followed the Doctor and Clara as they’ve faced the Great Intelligence, an Ice Warrior, an army of Cybermen and even Angie Maitland. But the current series of adventures reaches a jaw-dropping finale with The Name of the Doctor, tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm on BBC One.
The episode features the return of River Song, Vastra, Jenny, Strax and introduces the deadly Whisper Men… Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading the Time Lord toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future...
Sunday 12 May 2013, 06:00
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will celebrate half a century of Doctor Who during tonight’s prestigious British Academy Television Awards.
Jenna Coleman (Clara) will present one of the evening’s awards and a celebratory video montage featuring moments from the show’s history will be included as part of the ceremony.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said, ‘There are only a handful of programmes that have the quality and longevity of Doctor Who and the...
Friday 10 May 2013, 11:45
We’ve a massive weekend ahead with the return of the Cybermen in Nightmare in Silver on BBC One, tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm.
The episode is written by the brilliant Neil Gaiman and is partly set in Hedgewick’s World of Wonders - once the greatest theme park in the galaxy, but now the dilapidated home to a shabby showman, a dysfunctional army platoon and the charismatic Porridge. When the Doctor, Clara, Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Time Lord’s oldest foes. But the Cybermen are back… faster and more fearsome than ever!...
Wednesday 8 May 2013, 16:44
Nightmare in Silver is written by the internationally acclaimed Neil Gaiman whose previous episode – The Doctor’s Wife – was a brilliant, bonkers, wildly enjoyable adventure that won plaudits and the 2012 Hugo Award for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
He returns with a story that sees the Doctor once more facing the Cybermen, but this being Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman, nothing about the iconic enemy’s return is as you’d expect, from the Cybermen themselves to the people battling them. We caught up with Neil and quizzed him about how he ended up back in the world of...
Wednesday 8 May 2013, 16:31
The prequel to the series finale will be available to view on this site (www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho) after the next episode of Doctor Who finishes at 7.45pm on Saturday, 11 May. You'll also be able to watch it from that time through the BBC's interactive Red Button service.
Written by Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, the intriguing prequel is called She Said, He Said and stars Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara. It's one of the show's longest prequels and explores how little Clara knows about the Doctor... and vice versa.
Catch the return of the Cybermen in Nightmare in Silver this Saturday at 7.00pm on BBC One and then watch the prequel to the finale immediately after the end titles have rolled, either here or on Red Button. The Name of the Doctor brings the series to a thunderous conclusion on Saturday, 18 May making this a very exciting few days for anybody who has ever enjoyed the adventures of a certain mad man in a box...
Friday 3 May 2013, 12:53
The Doctor and Clara face The Crimson Horror on BBC One at 6.30pm, tomorrow - Saturday, 4 May.
It’s a brilliant episode written by stalwart Mark Gatiss, so expect plenty of action, chills, humour and a wonderful sense of the macabre. Screen legend Dame Diana Rigg plays the sinister Mrs Gillyflower and her real-life daughter, Rachael Stirling, is Ada. And if that’s not enough the adventure sees the return of the Paternoster Gang with Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny all embroiled in the mysterious goings-on in Sweetville... As Matt Smith commented, ‘It’s nice having the Doctor and his...