Entries from June 2009
June 30th, 2009

doctor_sarah_jane_s3_sjaRussell T Davies has revealed that he’s confident that Series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be commissioned.

Filming for the third series of the CBBC spin off is underway in Cardiff, and its creator thinks it’s likely the BBC will order in another year of adventures for Sarah Jane and the gang – and even more after that!

“I can’t say yet, but we’re getting very encouraging signs from the Children’s department, who love it,” he told The Stage. “It could just run and run.”

He added: ”[Series 4] is not definite, but it’s really promising. And for more than four series, actually, if we can. But we’ll see.”

Last month, the BBC confirmed that David Tennant will be making an appearace as the Tenth Doctor in the third series of the show.

June 30th, 2009

torchwood_rt_cover_coe_26The latest issue of Radio Times boasts a stunning gatefold cover for Children of Earth, which features Captain Jack on the front with the tagline “Five episodes… five nights… and one great big explosive story”.  The cover folds out to reveal Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones and Rhys Williams standing in the wreckage of the Torchwood Hub.

Inside the magazine, there’s an exclusive preview of the mini-series as well as interviews with the cast and crew.

You can read the full interviews, and check out the tantalizing previews, in the latest issue of Radio Times, out now at the usual price of £1.10. And with just under a week to go until the series officially hits our screens, expect lots more media coverage as we get ever nearer to launch day! 6 days to go!

June 29th, 2009

children_of_earth_gwen_jack_ianto_gunA second trailer for the upcoming third series of Torchwood, Children of Earth, has aired on BBC One!

The latest preview is a slightly reworked version of the first, but it’s still just as juicy and features lots of exciting new clips and dialogue from the mini-series, which officially kicks off on BBC One and BBC HD at 9:00PM on Monday 6th July!

You can see the trailer below, and don’t forget to bookmark our mini-site for guides, biographies and downloads!

June 29th, 2009

planet_of_the_dead_dvd_sleeveIt feels like only yesterday we were sitting down to watch Planet of the Dead on TV, but time certainly does fly because you can now take home this year’s Easter special on DVD and Blu-ray!

The episode, written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, saw the Doctor finding himself on a mysterious desert planet after the London bus he was riding on took a substantial detour into danger, and was released in the United Kingdom on both formats today. 

You can check out the covers for the DVD and Blu-ray releases here and here. The episode was released to buy in America yesterday.

June 28th, 2009

david_tennant_tardisDavid Tennant has responded to the recent tabloid rumours which claimed that all of the Doctors, including Matt Smith, will be coming together for a special Children in Need mini-episode later this year.

The Scottish actor, who will next month be attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con alongside Doctor Who’s outgoing showrunner, Russell T Davies, told The Chicago Tribune that he hasn’t been told anything about the proposed charity sketch.

“Ooooh, that sounds like a good tabloid wheeze!” he said. “It’s not something I’ve heard anything about, and I would have thought they’d be in touch. But that’d be quite a curious way to introduce Matt Smith. I’d have thought they’d wait until his first story. Not anything I’ve heard about yet.”

He went on to talk about his last day on the Doctor Who set, and how he felt when he recorded his final ever scene in role as the Time Lord…

“I’m all finished. Three or four weeks ago, I filmed my last scene, so it’s over. Still a long time to go before they’re all broadcast, though, so I’m still clinging on for a bit!”

He added: “But yeah, it’s done. It was very emotional, very exciting. We managed to go out with some of the best scripts I had in four years, so it was a real treat.”

David Tennant’s last ever Doctor Who story, a two-parter, will air on BBC One at the end of the year.

June 26th, 2009

children_of_earth_gwen_jack_ianto_gunThe United Kingdom is now just 10 short days away from the debut of Torchwood: Children of Earth, and as such the BBC are now airing a new trailer for the mini-series across its various channels!

The chilling new preview includes lots of new clips of Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones in action, and you can see it below!

Torchwood: Children of Earth officially kicks off on BBC One and BBC HD on Monday 6th July 2009 at 9:00PM.


June 25th, 2009

dwm-410-cover-karenThe 410th issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which features an exclusive interview with the recently-announced Series 5 companion, Karen Gillan, was released in the UK today at the usual price of £3.99.

As well as the interview, in which Gillan talks about working with David Tennant and what she’s most looking forward to about filming with Matt Smith, the July edition also includes Russell’s latest Production Notes entry, revealing what happened on his last day at the Who studios…

Also inside, Doctor Who’s executive producer for the last six years, Julie Gardner, talks about leaving the series and how the show has changed and developed since 2003, and the Watcher proudly presents everything you ever wanted to know about Tom Baker’s incarnation of the Time Lord, as his ultimate guide to the Doctors continues!

Meanwhile, with dinosaurs on the rampage and the Skith’s plans well advanced, could this be the final battle for Doctor and Majenta? All the answers are revealed in this month’s comic strip, The Age of Ice by Dan McDaid, with art by Martin Geraghty.

Plus, DWM chats exclusively to Chameleon Circuit, the new band that’s taking the music world by storm, and there’s all the latest news, previews, reviews, competitions and more!

June 25th, 2009

ianto_coe_juneThe BBC Press Office has been updated with the finalised scheduling information for the transmission of Torchwood: Children of Earth!

As was already confirmed, the first episode of the mini-series, Day One, will air on BBC One, and simultaneously on BBC HD, at 9:00PM on Monday 6th July.

The remaining four installments will transmit at the same time – 9:00PM to 10:00PM - each night (Day Two on Tuesday 7th July, Day Three on Wednesday 8th July, Day Four on Thursday 9th July and Day Five on Friday 10th July).

That means our live Discussions for each episode will be opening at 10:00PM each night for you to share your inital thoughts about the story as it develops across the week.

And with just 11 days to go until the return of Jack, Ianto and Gwen, expect trailers to start airing across BBC wavelengths imminently!

6th July is when everything changes - and WhovianNet is ready!

June 23rd, 2009

captain_jack_coe_juneThis week’s issue of Radio Times, which includes a feature on the three upcoming Torchwood radio plays, has confirmed that Series 3, Children of Earth, will start airing on BBC One from Monday 6th July at 9:00PM!

While we already knew from the BBC Press Office that it would air at some point between 4th-10th July (television Week 27), the 5-part series still remains as “unplaced” on the BBC schedule.

However, it still remains to be seen whether or not the four other installments of the series will be shown at the same time every night, or if the BBC have decided to shift it about the schedule in favour of its other dramas, such as Hotel Babylon, which currently occupies BBC One’s 9:00PM timelost for Friday 10th July. We’ll keep you updated!

June 23rd, 2009

tenth_doctor_dwmAccording to The Mirror today, all eleven incarnations of the Doctor will unite in a special scene written exclusively for Children in Need 2009.

The report claims that the mini-episode, which will air in November as part of the BBC One’s appeal night for the charity, will see Matt Smith make his television debut as the Eleventh Doctor.

Also appearing will be David Tennant (#10), Christopher Eccleston (#9), Paul McGann (#8), Sylvestor McCoy (#7), Colin Baker (#6), Peter Davison (#5) and Tom Baker (#4). The first three Doctors, William Hartnell, Partick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, will be included by using original shots from their tenures as the Time Lord and superimposing them onto the new footage.

“This is a momentous episode for all Doctor Who fans,” a source told the newspaper. ”Never before have all the Doctors been in the same room, let alone in the same show.”

They added: “The script has already been started and it’s classic Doctor Who - really witty and very sharp. Viewers will see the Time Lords regenerating and emerging one by one from the TARDIS, each with their own quirky opening line.”

It’s thought that the Tenth Doctor will call on his previous and future incarnations to help him track down a special piece of time travel apparatus.

Filming for the 15-minute sketch is said to begin in September. As always with these tabloid rumours, take the news with a pinch of salt until there’s any official word about it from the BBC!

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