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2013 HEADLINES - 50th Anniversary year
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30 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | 4-minute MINISODE

 

DOCTOR WHO - THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR will be preceded by a RED BUTTON minisode, THE LAST DAY and will be available from (TBOC) Sunday 17 November.

The minisode lasts approximately 4 minutes.

 
   
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25 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | 20:00 BBC (TBOC)

 

Yet to be (officially) confirmed but Sources indicate that DOCTOR WHO - THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR will be show on BBC ONE at 20:00GMT, and, of course, this will be reflected across the world as part of BBC WORLDWIDE's simultaneous broadcast on TV channels and in cinemas.

Note: Fans booking cinema tickets could be charged an extra Booking Fee and this will vary from venue to venue.

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In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor's own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

   
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29 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | AN ADVENTURE promotion

 

UPDATED 04.11.2013 15:13GMT - Sources were correct, the drama will be broadcast on BBC 2 on Thursday 21 November at 21:00.

BBC PICTURES have published two new promotional images as a run up to BBC 2's documentary-drama, written by Mark Gattis, AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME.

The drama will be shown in November "...potentially the 21st November..."

   
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25 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | 20:00 BBC (TBOC)

 

Yet to be (officially) confirmed but Sources indicate that DOCTOR WHO - THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR will be show on BBC ONE at 20:00GMT, and, of course, this will be reflected across the world as part of BBC WORLDWIDE's simultaneous broadcast on TV channels and in cinemas.

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25 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | VISIT THE TARDIS SET

 

BBC WORLDWIDE is extending access to the official BBC WALES' TARDIS console room set to Visitors as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Tours start from tomorrow (26 October) until 1 November, with seven tours-a-day, with prices starting from £16.18 (single child ticket).

Later this month, the set will be open for visitors (via the Booking system) on Saturday, 23 November 2013 for fans wanting to recreate the time machine's first trip that will take the series into the next 50 years.

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23 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | DOCTOR COX lecture

 

As part of the 50th ANNIVERSARY celebration, Dr Brian Cox takes viewers on journey to discover THE SCIENCE OF DOCTOR WHO on Thursday 14 November on BBC 2 (21:00 - 22:00).

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox explores the universe of the world's favourite Time Lord, Doctor Who.

Brian takes an audience, with the help of celebrity guests, on a journey into the wonderful universe of The Doctor, in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it's a special night for Who fans as well anyone with a thirst for understanding.

Brian is in the unique position of knowing The Doctor's universe inside out as well as the reality behind the drama. When the TARDIS travels through time and space, Brian understands the physics involved. And when it comes to life on other planets, Brian knows the real science that could prove extra-terrestrial life might just really exist in our galaxy.

   
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23 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | AN ADVENTURE photos wave 2

 

BBC PICTURES has released another set of five new photographs from 'the must watch' 90-minute drama, AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME, to be shown on BBC 2 in November.

The images shows the drama's characters:

  • WILLIAM HARTNELL, WILLIAM RUSSELL, JAQUELINE HILL with CAROLE ANN FORD in the TARDIS
  • WILLIAM HARTNELL in the junkyard portrait
  • WILLIAM HARTNELL and CAROLE ANN FORD in a scene from THE DEAD PLANET episode

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19 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | NEW TRAILER tonight

 

The BBC has confirmed that BBC ONE will broadcast a new TEASER-TRAILER for DOCTOR WHO - THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR tonight (19 October) at 20:20 (approx.) before the (excellent) ATLANTIS.

And here it is. And just so he doesn't feel left out...Number Twelve.

 

 

   
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18 October 2013 | 50TH ANNIVERSARY | AN ADVENTURE photos

 

BBC PICTURES has released a set of five new photographs from 'the must watch' 90-minute drama, AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME.

The images shows the drama's characters:

  • WARRIS HUSSEIN and VERITY LAMBERT
  • SYDNEY NEWMAN
  • JACQUELINE HILL and WILLIAM RUSSELL
  • WILLIAM HARTNELL and CAROLE ANN FORD in the TARDIS
  • WILLIAM HARTNELL portrait

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11 October 2013 | CLASSIC SERIES | LOST EPISODES update

 

UPDATED 11.10.2013 00:01BST (10.10.2013 11:01GMT)

Following the lifting of a BBC PRESS OFFICE embargo, we can detail the 11 CLASSIC SERIES episodes have been returned to the BBC ARCHIVE, and were screened, for the first time in over 40 years, at a Press Event held in Central London yesterday.

Nine of these 11 have been missing from the archive.

The previously missing episodes recovered are:

  • DOCTOR WHO - THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD is now COMPLETE (six episodes) with episodes 1, 2, 4 5 and 6 recovered and remastered.
  • DOCTOR WHO - THE WEB OF FEAR is now (still) PARTLY-COMPLETE (five of the six episode now retrieved ) with episodes 2, 4, 5 and 6 recovered and remastered. Only episode 3 remains missing.

BBC DVD will be releasing both stories via iTunes from 11 October 2013, with DVD releases to follow.

  • DOCTOR WHO - THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD DVD - 25 November 2013
  • DOCTOR WHO - THE WEB OF FEAR DVD (with an episode 3 Telesnaps presentation) - Early 2014 - Note: The print for this DVD release will be 'further restored' compared with the iTunes release. The iTunes download has been cleaned but is of unacceptable viewing standard at this stage. eyeofhorus.org.uk recommends that unless you have money to waste, fans may want to wait for the full DVD release, complete with Studio cast commentary and VAM Extras.

REPORT: BBC PRESS EVENT SCREENING - 10 October 2013

The BBC Press Event screened two of the recovered and remastered episodes. These were THE ENEMEY OF THE WORLD episode one and THE WEB OF FEAR episode two.

Attending the screening was Frazer Hines (Jamie), Deborah Watling (Victoria) and actor/writer, Mark Gattis, all of whom were genuinely surprised and overwhelmed by the missing episode haul and having a 'sneak preview' of the restored material. Following the screening there was brief Q&A focusing upon the recovered episodes.

eyeofhorus.org.uk was fortunate to sit behind both Hines & Watling, and it was beautifully heartening and touching to see the TARDIS crew briefly clutching hands and Hines whispering excitedly, "Here we go...", as the iconic theme music and Troughton's face loomed large on the screen. Certainly, it was a moment when the hairs on the back of your neck tingled with anticipation. Here was 'New' CLASSIC DOCTOR WHO, that i'd never seen before.

For THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD rehearsal process, Frazer Hines recalled Patrick Troughton's initial vocal demonstration for his doppelganger, Ramon Salamander, to which had 'ribbed' the lead actor in saying, "Salamander is not Welsh! Are you going to play him like that?"

Though it was 46 years since she had seen THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD, Deborah Watling admitted that she could recall the script content: "For Victoria, I knew the next line..." Adroitly, Frazer cheekily added: "You didn't on the set!"

On the location filming of THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD (episode one) on Climping Beach, Frazer Hines recalled that "... it was Pat's idea to don the 'Long Jonhs' for the swimming sequence. Personally, this sequence was a highlight of this missing episode. Troughton skipping across the beach (Matt Smith would love the comic dexterity of his Chaplain-esque movement) eventually disrobing and dashing into the surf, only to return moments later completely and inexplicably dry. Time Lord Instant drying or a hidden hairdryer stuffed in to his 'Long Johns'? The assembled audience of 'hardened' journalists were audibly amused by these scenes.

On THE WEB OF FEAR (episode two), Deborah Watling commended the studio design of the London Underground tunnels and stations: "Claustrophobic. Brilliant".

On seeing her Father, Jack Watling, on screen as Professor Travers, Deborah Watling was truly moved: "Seeing Dad on the screen again after so long. Lovely."

On her working relationship with Patrick Troughton, Deborah Watling: "Pat to me was another Dad. We had a chemistry."

On seeing THE ENEMEY OF THE WORLD's iconic scene between the Doctor and Astrid ("Which Law? Whose philosophy?"), Mark Gattis commented that it is only through seeing Troughton;'s performance on screen that the words (listened to on audio CD up until today) have more meaning, depth and "...justice...".

On being informed about the MISSING EPISODES recovery, Deborah Watling: "I thought it was another hoax. It was confimed-ish. I'm thrilled.
Frazer Hines: Gives me hope that more of series will come out of the woodwork.

On the NEW SERIES (from BBC WALES) compared to the CLASSIC SERIES, Deborah Watling: "It was innocent and kind of enthralled you. A charm about it. (on the NEW SERIES) Of course, I watch it.
Frazer Hines: Matt (Smith) has Pat's mannerisms.

Discussion Mark Ayres (audio track restoration) indicated that overall the sound tracks for the restored material involved only a marginal reliance upon "off-air recording", with a precise "...syllable..." addition within episode two of THE WEB OF FEAR (Anne Travers taking to Harold Chorley). This was due to a poor digital edit undertaken in 1968.

Print Restorer, Peter Crocker indicated that whilst all the newly recovered THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD episodes have been fully restored (including the use of VidFIRE), the iTunes digital print for THE WEB OF FEAR will be later re-mastered specifically for its 2014 DVD release. Interesting, both stories were originally edited digitally (as opposed to "tape and razor blade") and included a number of '...black frames..." (due to editing limitations at the time i.e. the videotape had no 'time-coding' capability) which were common-place in the industry at the time. In effect, Crocker's restoration has tightened-up episode by exorcising the errant '...black frames...'

Overall, the clarity and definition for THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD is superbly sharp if you consider the age of the film print recovered from Nigeria, however, as discussed above, the quality of THE WEB OF FEAR does not deserve purchase via download.

So, there are now 97 missing episode from the DOCTOR WHO archive. Any more out there?

READ MORE MISSING EPISODES overview (from 11.10.2013)

UPDATED 08/10/2013 15:51: BBC NEWS is CONFIRMING that a number of "...permanently lost..." CLASSIC SERIES episodes have been FOUND, and will be available to download/watch later this week. A BBC PRESS BRIEFING is due on Thursday according to Sources.

Today, the non-BBC publisher, RADIO TIMES has published an articles that "lost episodes" from the Patrick Troughton era will be available for purchased online - via iTunes and other online platforms - from Wednesday 9 October.

Officially, 106 of the CLASSIC SERIES episodes remain unaccounted for, and recent hunt had led BBC Archivists to Ethiopia TV station, where, it is claimed, a large haul of missing episodes have been found.

On Tuesday (8th), there is a London-based event hosted by BBC WORLDWIDE that will announce recent developments. UPDATED: Any news conference has been delayed until "...the end of the week..." according to UK news sources.

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8 October 2013 | NEW SERIES | MOFFAT lays plan for INFINITE DOCTOR?

 

In THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, former DOCTOR WHO actor, Peter Davison (playfully) reveals that the current Executive Producer, Steven Moffat has already addressed the issue of a Time Lord having only 12 regenerative options (i.e. limited to 13 incarnations).

EXTERNAL LINK Visit DAILY TELEGRAPH

Davison indicates that:

"I know people are worried about it, but I think there will be a way around that rule," Davison assures me. "I know that Steven has put in the groundwork already in an episode so that there can be more."

Fans; time to spot that "...groundwork..." but in which episode/s.

   
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7 October 2013 | PERSONALITY | MATT SMITH in AMERICAN PSYCHO

 

Today, Matt Smith starts rehearsals for is appearance at Islington's ALMEDIA THEATRE in the World Premiere musical version of AMERICAN PSYCHO (written by Brett Easton Ellis).

Undertaking the role of Patrick Bateman - made famous in the film by Christian Bale in 2000.

Previews start on 3 December, and runs until late January, and if successful it would transfer to London's main 'theatre-land'.

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5 October 2013 | SERIES 7 | MATT SMITH completes his filming and regenerates

 

According to a 'tweet' by departing DOCTOR WHO producer, Marcus Wilson, on 5 October the filming for the CHRISTMAS DAY 2013 episode has been completed.

"So it's goodnight from me, and it's goodnight from him. That's a wrap. Christmas 2013. Thank you all."

It has been reported that Peter Capaldi visited the set on 4 October to film his first scenes as the Twelfth Doctor.

   
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