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Old 02-15-05, 09:28 PM
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New Doctor Who UK Premiere! 3-26-05 (Awaiting Final Word)

The UK Premiere! It's nearly official with an airing date!

All we need is final confirmation from the BEEB.

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New Series: 26 March 2005
February*15

While there is still no official confirmation from the BBC (and we stress that there's still plenty of time for this to change!), we've received enough information from various sources to safely conclude that the new series will indeed premiere on BBC1 on Saturday, March 26, 2005, likely at either 6:45 or 7:00pm (with the BBC3 "Doctor Who Confidential" series airing immediately afterwards at either 7:30 or 7:45pm.) Various sources have reported a range of rumored plans for a possible March 8 press launch, including radio and television trailers and broadcasts starting around that time; various radio interviews and photo shoots; new merchandise; a relaunch of the official Doctor Who website; and plenty of other publicity plans tying into the relaunch of the series. As soon as we have a clearer picture of all of the various publicity plans, we'll pass the word along.
(Editor's note: Once again, I want to stress that this is not an official confirmation, but I'm now confident that this is indeed the broadcast date, and that it will be announced through official channels soon!)
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That's nice. I grew up watching Doctor Who, and have been a loyal fan for over 20 years now, with a massive collection of books, videos, magazines, and DVDs. I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about this new series.

I can say, however, that I've been planning a vacation to the UK for a while now, and wanted it to coincide with the new series premier so I can watch it there in person. That would be immensely special. But alas, my only vacation periods are sometime in April, or June, and I would certainly miss out on the premier episode. But I'm definitely still going though.... just because I need a holiday, and have always wanted to visit England, and we still don't know when the US premier would be. Now if I go in June.... I'll be able to catch some of the Aus-Eng cricket matches too.

Decisions, decisions....


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From Futurenet.com:

NEWS: Full details of Doctor Who Confidential



Auntie Beeb has released full details of Doctor Who's companion show, a series of 13 half hours which will be airing after each episode over on BBC 3.
Narrated by our chum Simon Pegg, the series will combine behind-the-scenes footage with interviews with the cast, the production team, and past Doctors.

Here's the full break-down of all 13 episodes from the Beeb's press release.

EPISODE 1: Back From The Future
To link with the first sighting of the Doctor and first sighting of the TARDIS and, of course, the Doctor saving the world again. This episode reminds us of all the elements of Who that make his return so mouth-watering…

EPISODE 2: Aliens – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Making convincing aliens - behind the scenes of the space station, "Platform One" - behind the scenes making the prosthetics - showing how they work - we visit The Mill to show the CGI for the new series and take a look back at aliens from the past.

EPISODE 3: TARDIS
Tales From behind the scenes of the Dickens set in Swansea we take a good long look at the TARDIS and its vital role in the Doctor’s adventures. We look at all the different worlds that the present and past doctors visit and visited.

EPISODE 4: I Get A Side-kick Out Of You
Rose and her predecessors. What does it take to make the grade as the Doctor's companion? We look back at companions from the past: Why does the Doctor need Rose? What does she add to the mix?

EPISODE 5 : Life On Earth
The Doctor's links to Earth/relationships with humans/his humanity/ what makes him alien and why he appeals to us all.

EPISODE 6 : The Daleks
Following the return of the Doctor's most feared foe. We watch the tests [tests? what tests? Is there a Dalek operator proficiency certificate? - SFX], see how they work, and meet the men behind the metal.

EPISODE 7: The Dark Side
Evil genii and sudden death - the vital ingredients of Doctor Who. [Evil genii? What evil genii? Interesting... - SFX]

EPISODE 8 : A Time And A Place
Looking at each Doctor as a product of his time, and looking at how the Doctor has evolved over the last forty years.

EPISODE 9: FX
Following the director in a meeting with The Mill (CGI), model makers and prosthetics people and looking at the first stages of talking through the FX through til they're finally finished. We follow the start to the finish of the making of episode nine - creating the look and sound of aliens and alien worlds. How do you light a spaceship? How do you make space?

EPISODE 10: The Weird Science of Doctor Who
Starting with the sonic screwdriver's appearance, we look into the weird science that is Doctor Who. From "a hole in the time vortex" to "I'll tell you later"; from flying a helicopter to arguing with a small metal dog.

EPISODE 11: Unsung Heroes And Violent Death
Coming off the back of an episode that deals mainly with death and justice, we look at the importance of death to Doctor Who and look at his moral code.

EPISODE 12: The Cult Of Who
The conventions, the reactions, the anticipation of the fans who have had a feast of sci-fi treats over the past 12 weeks. We will look at the fans on-set, the clamour for sci-fi facts, the problems with confidentiality, through to the success of merchandising.

EPISODE 13: Finale
Review of the past 13 weeks - the highs and lows of life with the Doctor and Rose.

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Auntie Beeb has released full details of Doctor Who's companion show, a series of 13 half hours which will be airing after each episode over on BBC 3.
So they don't want anyone to watch it?
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Pretty exciting. Hard to believe it's finally here.
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Originally Posted by BizRodian
Pretty exciting. Hard to believe it's finally here.
One month away.

And it's about time!


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Well as an American citizen in the USA I am both excited about the new series and once again a little frustrated with this not available on this side of the pond sort of thing. There still isn't a R1 copy of the Paul McGann movie because stupid Fox has only shown it once, and they need to show it twice for it to be considered for release here in the states, even though it has been shown elsewhere several times including the Sci-Fi Channel probably a dozen times.

I need to pick up more of the DVDs I just have the Five doctors (I had to make sure I had a good copy of the old VHS because the DVD has new special effects and Rassalons voice was altered to sound more evil but for me the character of the voice was ruined and I think the coolest special effect was the ending one when all the privious doctors were leaving in the TARDIS.
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Originally Posted by klandersen
There still isn't a R1 copy of the Paul McGann movie because stupid Fox has only shown it once, and they need to show it twice for it to be considered for release here in the states, even though it has been shown elsewhere several times including the Sci-Fi Channel probably a dozen times.
Time to get a region-free PAL/NTSC DVD player.
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I dont understand why BBC has been so cryptic about when it is going to be. Dont they want to promote the thing?
And you would think they would want people to see it over here. What are they waiting for?
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New Series Reviewed:

New Series Reviewed by Q Magazine
February*28

Q Magazine, a popular UK music magazine, has published a glowing review of the new series in its latest issue, calling it "must-see TV for everyone". From the comments and some of the details given in the review it would appear that the reviewer, Boyd Hilton, has seen a number of episodes from the series - all of which impressed. Amongst many plaudits Hilton states that "the much-hyped return of rickety sci-fí classic Doctor Who lives up to all expectations: it's every bit as good as its mid-'70s heyday. Furthermore, this time around you don't have to be a geek to enjoy it." He goes on to comment on Eccleston's performance; "The inestimable Christopher Eccleston plays the ninth Doctor... replete with trendy leather jacket and wry sense of humour." As for Billie Piper; "the biggest surprise of the show is Billie Piper's performance as the Doctor's "assistant" Rose Tyler. Not only does Piper prove she can hold her own in the company of esteemed actors, but her feisty cockney character shows real depth. Importantly, Rose's relationship with the Doctor is as an equal, rather than just being there to whimper when the aliens show up." The special effects also impress: "Gone are the cardboard sets and naff-looking monsters of old, this time you see... [edited geographical location] ...landmarks come under thrilling alien attack, as convincing and exciting as anything shown before in a British TV series." Boyd ends by praising series writer and executive producer Russell T Davies for the "triumphant regeneration" of Doctor Who (the series rather than the person) and for "the slick, sharp dialogue". He ends by saying that "Doctor Who is no longer the domain solely of sci-fi spods, this is must-see TV for everyone".


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Originally Posted by riley_dude
I dont understand why BBC has been so cryptic about when it is going to be. Dont they want to promote the thing?
And you would think they would want people to see it over here. What are they waiting for?
From what I've been following over at gallifreyone.com and reading the recent news articles, my impression is that the BBC really is pulling big guns over this. There's supposed to be a very big launch in March. Stations in Canada, Australia, and I think across some European countries (again, I'm fuzzy on the specifics) have signed on for the show. Even the first review (as The Valeyard posted above) is HEAVILY favorable. Instead, it sounds like the US is the only player still left on the fence.... but I assume they'll eventually air it too, maybe later in the year. The BBC will probably confirm the real date soon, but with a lot of the tabloids over there already featuring the new series (production details, interviews etc), I think the general public already knows what's coming up in late March (the public in the UK, that is).



About that first review, it's EXACTLY what I wanted to hear. It sounds like the new WHO will be every bit as promising as some of the recent scifi series successes. There won't be any cheesy special effects, but the story telling and characters will be very much DOCTOR WHO.

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Furthermore, this time around you don't have to be a geek to enjoy it."
I don't get this comment. Doctor Who was insanely mainstream in the UK during it's peak.
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I wish they'd air the new show on PBS here in the states. I hate to think of having to watch it with commercials - it just wouldn't feel like Dr. Who!

Alas, I doubt that'll happen...
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From Outpost Gallifrey:


The new Doctor Who series will air beginning Tuesday, April 5 in Canada, according to a solid airdate confirmation from the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). The following report is from Benjamin Elliott of "This Week in Doctor Who".

The Canadian Broadcasting Company http://www.cbc.ca/television has scheduled Doctor Who for Tuesday nights at 8PM starting April 5. Good work to the fellows at the Doctor Who Information Network
http://www.dwin.org for spotting this first. So far only the April 5th broadcast (without episode title) is showing.

They have put up a webpage for Doctor Who - http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/progr...rogram=Dr.+Who . The page needs a little work. It says: "CBC tells Canadian stories reflecting the reality and diversity of our country; informs Canadians about news and issues of relevance and interest; supports Canadian arts and culture; builds bridges among Canadians, between regions and the two linguistic communities of Canada."

So, Doctor Who Tuesdays at 8PM on the CBC coming April 5. If you live in Canada or are in a border section of the US with access to the CBC, the Doctor has a home.
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From Outpost Gallifrey:

No News for US, Now No Sci-Fi?
March*2

According to a report today on IGN, "Sources close to the US cable network Sci Fi Channel have told IGNFF's Doctor Who Report that the network is not in negotiations for the new series." The report speculates on other avenues, but suggests that according to their own sources, the channel is not interested in showing the series. There is now no word on a US broadcaster.
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According to a report today on IGN, "Sources close to the US cable network Sci Fi Channel have told IGNFF's Doctor Who Report that the network is not in negotiations for the new series." The report speculates on other avenues, but suggests that according to their own sources, the channel is not interested in showing the series. There is now no word on a US broadcaster.

Why does this surprise me. They can run all these terrible movies and horrible reality show but they cant show Doctor Who. Some one please get rid of Bonnie Hammer and fast!
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Why doesn't BBC America just show it?
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It's obvious why Sci-Fi can't pick-up Dr. Who! It would interfere with their Braveheart showings.




Looks like the "alternate" sources is the route I'll have to take.
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Lots of news from Outpost Gallifrey today:

New Series Update
March*4

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine reports that "the exact date of transmission can’t yet be confirmed - schedules can change up to a fortnight in advance - [but] it is still likely that the new series will begin transmission on Saturday 26 March." Both the BBC and BBC Worldwide are said to be "gearing up for a major launch of the show this Spring." This includes UK press screenings in early March, probably Tuesday 8 March, "which will coincide with the start of major television advertising campaign", with photographs and interviews following in UK newspapers and magazines. There may be a specially written television trailer, as well as radio trailers and a nationwide poster campaign. Children’s BBC will run "special behind-the-scenes reports" on both Newsround and Blue Peter.
Joe Ahearne has been confirmed as the director of episode 11, which bears the confirmed title "Boom Town" according to DWM, confirming Outpost Gallifrey's report last month that Ahearne had signed on to the additional episode. Episode 11 is therefore no longer a separate block from 12 and 13, as "it made sense for Joe to cover the whole thing", according to producer Phil Collinson. The magazine also confirms "The Doctor Dances" as the title of episode 10, again confirming the reports made online some time ago.
Regarding casting, some new updates: Episode 10 has Vilma Hollingberry as Mrs Harcourt. Episode 11 includes Aled Pedick as Idris and Will Thomas (previously seen on television in Belonging) as Mr Cleaver. Episodes 12 and 13 star Paterson Joseph as Rodrick, who apparently "shares some very unusual scenes with Rose Tyler… but will he live to tell the tale?" The same story includes Jamie Bradley as Strood and Abi Eniola as Crosbie, with Sebastian Armesto, Kate Loustau, Dominic Burgess and Karren Winchester in unconfirmed roles. Episode 13, The Parting of the Ways, also sees the return of Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler and Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith.
The issue gives details for Episodes 4 to 7 of Doctor Who Confidential, which match the information given on the SFX site and reported here last week. One small additional detail is that Episode 5, Life on Earth, as well as looking at the Doctor’s links to Earth, also "examines the new series’ first cliffhanger…" See also the BBC website news below. There's also a foretaste from James Goss of the changes coming to the official website, a "teaser version" of which will launch in early March, with the full site beginning "with the first episode". The site will include "an astonishing amount of video – including 30 short films about the making of the show… We’re looking at clearing Doctor Who Confidential as well." There will also be broadband clips from the original run, desktop wallpapers, screensavers, sound files, hundreds of behind-the-scenes pictures, including "design sketches and photostories showing… how the TARDIS was built" and "some great games – including one where you get to drive a Dalek and another… how Monopoly would be if it were set in space, had tentacles, big weapons and a sense of humour. Some of it’s written by Gareth Roberts". Also promised: "Some surprises".
There is a competition open to readers of DWM to see one of three exclusive preview screenings of the first episode on Monday 21 March in London. Entrants need to fill in a form on page 7 of the magazine and send it in; subscribers can e-mail their entries, giving their subscription numbers. The closing date and draw is on Wednesday 16 March. And the next issue, DWM 355… will include previews of The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead and Aliens of London, a set report on Rose, an interview with Simon Callow and behind-the-scenes on the creation of the TARDIS. It’s published on Thursday 31 March.
For further information on all of this, plus several exclusive interviews and all the regular features, pick up DWM 354 now on sale!
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From Outpost Gallifrey:

New Series DVD in October?
March*4

While there's nothing confirmed, a report on the usually very reliable DVD Times website notes that the new series may be getting a DVD release in October. "It seems the BBC want to get the first series on to the shelves in time for Christmas," says the report. Again, there's no word on anything official, but this does match the rumors that Outpost Gallifrey has been hearing the past few weeks. (Thanks to Greg Deeter)
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Well... I'm not too surprised that there are no plans at all at this point to show this in the US. Am I disappointed? Of course. But that's reality folks. The TV execs here aren't the sharpest tools in the shed in terms of programming decisions. We get so much trash on TV, the general public might not even recognize or appreciate a decent TV series even if it hit them in the eye. I'm glad that other countries have shown so much enthusiasm for this new series.... shouldn't be too hard to find this by alternate means after transmission, or by the DVD release later in the year. Screw the sci-fi channel. Even if they did eventually pick it up, they'll probably end up screwing it all up, like shoving it in a graveyard spot on a Friday night, then cancelling it after 2 shows.
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shouldn't be too hard to find this by alternate means after transmission
It can be found by alternate means...right now, supposedly. I haven't seen it yet myself, though, but I just wanted to pass the word along. I am DYING to see this.
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I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this...

Combine the early reviews with Sci-Fi's dismissal of the series, and I'm starting to wonder if this isn't going to be a bid turd.

Granted, the Sci-Fi channel is actually ponying up cash for tripe like Mansquito and Chupacabra, so I'm not sure they should be considered any arbiter of good genre taste...

But I don't trust the BBC to know what to do with Doctor Who, either. Caveat emptor..
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Warren Ellis has a review up.

It's mostly positive, and Ellis claims that its the best the series has been since Peter Davison's early days. I'd also agree that PD was the last time Doctor Who was actually good. Generally, I'd trust Warren Ellis' opinion on something like this, though the "family sci-fi show" description tends to give me some pause.
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
the "family sci-fi show" description tends to give me some pause.
How is that any different than the way it was run for it's original 20+ years? It was really meant for kids to begin with, right?
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