Monday, 20 October 2014

Doctor Who: See Death in Heaven Early!

Film Hub Wales and BAFTA Cymru have organised six Doctor Who related events across Wales between November 2014 and January 2015 in association with BBC Cymru Wales.

Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 concession and the included events are as follows:

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven
Tuesday 4th November 7pm
Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff
029 2030 4400

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Monday 1st December at 7pm
Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli
0845 2263510

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem & The Poison Sky
Tuesday 16th December 7pm
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire
01745 850197

Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead 
Monday 12th January 7pm
Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
01600 772467

Doctor Who: Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner 
Saturday 17th January at 7pm
Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia
01766 780667

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Tuesday 27th January at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
01970 623232

Each event has a specific theme, focusing on a particular creative department in the production team.

[Source: Doctor Who TV]
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Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night - Official TV Trailer

The BBC has released the official television trailer for episode ten of Doctor Who Series 8, In the Forest of the Night.

This follows the episode's next time trailer which first aired on Saturday following Flatline, and which can be seen here.

In the Forest of the Night will air this Saturday at 8:20pm on BBC One and at 9/8C on BBC America.
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Doctor Who: Flatline - Appreciation Index Score

Doctor Who: Flatline had an Appreciation Index score (AI) of 85.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

The score of 85 is around the general average for Doctor Who AIs over the past nine years, and is considered 'excellent'. Flatline achieved the joint highest AI of the series so far - and you can see the AIs for the rest of the series below:
  1. Mummy on the Orient Express & Flatline - 85
  2. Into the Dalek & Time Heist - 84
  3. The Caretaker - 83
  4. Deep Breath, Robot of Sherwood, Listen & Kill the Moon - 82
[Source: Doctor Who News]

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New Doctor Who Game: The Doctor and the Dalek

The Doctor and the Dalek
The BBC have announced plans to release a new online game for children as part of the BBC's Make It Digital initiative to introduce computer skills to the younger generation.

The Doctor and the Dalek  - which was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else in association with BBC Future Media - will feature the Twelth Doctor, voiced by Peter Capaldi, in a new story written by Doctor Who writer Phil Ford (Into The Dalek, The Waters of Mars).

The game will be puzzled based, with the player controlling a Dalek and solving puzzles to gain powers such as flying, helping the Doctor to rebuild the Dalek. The puzzles are all linked to a new computing curriculum, designed to help children pick up basic programming skills as they play. The game covers several topics including combining instructions to accomplish a goal, using variables to alter behaviour, repetition and loops and logical reasoning. These skills are integrated into the game, keeping it fun as well as educational. There will also be resources from the BBC and third parties available to help parents and teachers to ensure that the children get the most out of the game.

Danny Cohen, BBC Director of Television, said:

“The Doctor and the Dalek is a brand new Doctor Who story and a fantastic game, voiced by the wonderful Peter Capaldi. It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”

Sinéad Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, added:
“We’re really excited about the launch of The Doctor and the Dalek as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programing. Every puzzle has a strong link to the KS2 or KS3 computer science curriculum. So we think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers.”

The Doctor and the Dalek will be available to play for free on the CBBC website from Wednesday 22nd October.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Times Team Review Flatline

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Flatline.

Last night saw Clara and the Doctor battle the two-dimensional Boneless - but what did our team make of it? Read on to find out!

Ben (Video & Digital Media)

Flatline, to me, felt like a mix of scariness and silliness. On the one hand you've got the brilliant idea of 2D aliens and the amazing effects that bring them to life so well. Then you've got the Doctor stuck in a mini TARDIS with his hand poking out. Although it was a very good episode and Clara once again shone, there were too many little bits that niggled me, like the terribly choreographed 'accidentally dropping the TARDIS down a hole' routine and the dodgy effects when we see the Doctor's face through the mini TARDIS doors. I would have liked to have seen the 2D alien idea explored more, as this is a great idea that moves away from my pet hate of humanoid shaped aliens. However, aside from these little foibles, Flatline was a well written, well directed episode with one hell of a teaser at the end. 7/10

Patrick (News)

Jamie Mathieson is the one to watch. With the uniqueness and solid writing of Mummy on the Orient Express under his belt, Flatline held particular expectations to maintain the momentum of the series. Safe to say it delivered, not just as a superb episode, but as one of the best of a continuing excellent debut series for Peter Capaldi. Flatline's standout element, namely Clara taking on the role of The Doctor, is balanced beautifully with The Doctor's very own issues inside the TARDIS. Neither one is overshadowed, even when Jenna Coleman gives one of her greatest performances, embodying the idea of a female Doctor to perfection yet remaining grounded and delightful to watch. Mathieson also does a fantastic job of building the episode around an urban, grounded setting, in vain of RTD days of old. Grittiness is a core ingredient of Flatline, and it is hard to think of a better example of the blending of this and the fantastical magic of Who. The monster of this week's episode, The Boneless, whilst being one of the creepiest and most intriguing of the series so far, suffers equally with the same lack of depth as most of Series 8's villains, but Mathieson does a great job of establishing them as a new force in The Doctor's world. Missy's mind blowing appearance at the apex tops what is an excellent episode as we head towards the finale. Here's hoping Jamie Mathieson becomes a staple of series to come. 9/10

Harris (News)

Another brilliant episode from Jamie Mathieson! Flatline is this year’s Doctor-lite episode but at no point does it feel like it. Clara and the Doctor both get their usual screen time and use it to full effect with the best Doctor and companion chemistry I’ve ever seen. The tale itself is scary and gruesome, fitting within the dark times brought on by Capaldi’s Doctor. Supporting characters do feel a little underdeveloped however and Rigsy’s decision to sacrifice himself seems a little out of place. Other than that Clara is clever and sassy without the Doctor about and the episode is full of great humour. 9/10

Suman (News)

Flatline is a highly enjoyable blend of humour and horror courtesy of Jamie Mathieson, whose strong script sparkles with witty dialogue and inventive concepts. Dimensions are effectively played with in various ways as the shrinking of the TARDIS leads to some brilliant sight gags whilst seamless execution of visual effects and artwork succeed in making the Boneless equally chilling in 2D and 3D. The Doctor and Clara's role reversal, meanwhile, is initially lighthearted, particularly once Clara gains her very own 'companion' in the engaging and likeable Rigsy. By the end of Flatline, however, it turns into something more unsettling, as just when the Doctor's words and actions firmly cement him as being 'the man that stops the monsters', Clara's overeagerness to 'be' the Doctor - despite emulating some of his more negative aspects in the process - is forebodingly coupled with the enigmatic Missy's approval. 9/10

Andrew (News)

A second watching of Flatline helped me enjoy the episode more, in particular noticing the deepening and darkening chemistry between the Doctor and Clara. Clara showed she knew more about how he works than maybe he was comfortable with and by the end of the episode the Doctor almost seemed defeated as he stood embarrassed at the fact she heard him acknowledge her worth as someone able to show leadership and initiative despite his absence. Indeed Clara pretty much ran the show in this role reversal, the Doctor, being essentially trapped and helpless in a dying Tardis, needing her to take his place and return him to a position of control. The issue of the Doctor lying in order to inspire hope was highlighted, and yet the Doctor was unsettled by how Clara had lied to Danny, in an unusual balancing of loyalties, to help her continue a relationship with the Doctor. He left Clara looking confused by saying her effectiveness didn't stem from goodness - perhaps emphasising a tension as maybe their minds do indeed lack harmony7.5/10

The average score from our team was 8.3/10, slightly down on last week. Our spoiler-free review of In the Forest of the Night will be up mid-week - and instead of a team review, Sunday will see our team's theories on Missy as we head into the finale!
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Doctor Who: Flatline - Question of the Week

WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Flatline. If you haven't seen the episode, click away now!

We're introducing a brand new weekly feature for Series 8 - every week, alongside our usual after-episode poll, we'll be asking you about the biggest question each episode raises, and releasing the results the following week.


For episode nine, Flatline, we're looking at the question; is the mysterious Missy 'the woman in the shop' (the unknown figure that gave Clara the Doctor's phone number back in The Bells of Saint John?

Missy was seen watching Clara and proclaiming she'd 'chosen well' at the end of the episode - so does this confirm that Missy was indeed the woman who brought Clara and the Doctor together (she was also implied to be so in Deep Breath) - or is there another force who brought the two together? Leave your thoughts in the poll below!

We'll be revealing the results of this poll, along with our rate the episode poll, on Monday 27th October. We'll have a new poll for In the Forest of the Night next week!
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Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express - Final UK Viewing Figures

The consolidated viewing figures for episode eight of Series 8, Mummy on the Orient Express, have been released.

The episode had 7.11 million viewers after a week of timeshifting - that's a rise of 2.03 million on the overnight viewing figure of 5.08 million. That's up 200k on Kill the Moon, and is the best viewing figure since Robot of Sherwood. 

The figure does not include those watching on iPlayer on computers or tablets - Doctor Who was number one on iPlayer for two days after transmission.

[Source: DWM]

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Doctor Who: Flatline - Overnight UK Viewing Figures

The overnight UK viewing figures for last night's episode, Flatline, have been released.

The episode had 4.60 million viewers on average and a share of 20.1% of the overall TV audience. That's a fairly large drop from last week, but remains at the general level the ratings have been this year.

Doctor Who was the fourth most watched programme of the day behind Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and Pointless Celebrities.

The consolidated viewing figures will be released next week, where Doctor Who will rise considerably in the ratings.

[Source: TVRatingsUK]

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Doctor Who Extra: Flatline (Behind the Scenes)

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New Doctor Who: Flatline Behind The Scenes Images

The BBC have released some behind the scenes images for the episode Flatline, including behind the scenes shots from filming and production artwork. Click on an image to enlarge it.

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Doctor Who: In the Forest of the Night - Next Time Trailer

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Episode Discussion & Poll - Doctor Who: Flatline

Flatline has just finished in the UK - and we invite you now to share your thoughts in The Gallifrey Times' Episode Discussion & Poll!

You can vote in our poll below and the results will be revealed on Monday 27th October:

You can comment below using a variety of services including Disqus, Facebook and Twitter!

You can join in the conversation on our Twitter and Instagram accounts now - we'll be retweeting your opinions on Twitter - so make sure to share your opinions and tweet them to us!

If you've not yet seen the episode, we recommend that you don't take part or look at the comments below until after you've seen it. While we will attempt to keep our Twitter and Instagram spoiler-free, we cannot guarantee all opinions will be spoiler-free, so please do not click on the links above if you don't want to be spoiled.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing your views on Flatline! Our Question of the Week poll and team review will be up tomorrow.
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Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express - Poll Results

For the past week you've been voting in our two polls for Mummy on the Orient Express - our 'rate the episode' poll and our Question of the Week poll. We've now closed both polls and you can view the results below:

First up, our rate the episode poll. After last week's heavily divided response (view Kill the Moon's results here), it was a far more positive response here, with over half of the voters voting 5/5:
  • Absolutely amazing - 54.79%
  • Very good - 39.73%
  • OK - 2.74%
  • Not too great - 2.74%
  • Awful - 0%
You can see the updated Series 8 leaderboard below, showing the average scores for each poll - we'll be continuing to update it weekly to show your favourite episodes of the series so far. Mummy on the Orient Express came out at number two, just behind poll topper Listen:
  1. Listen - Average of 4.54/5*
  2. Mummy on the Orient Express - Average of 4.47/5
  3. Deep Breath - Average of 4.20/5
  4. The Caretaker - Average of 4.0/5
  5. Time Heist - Average of 3.96/5
  6. Into the Dalek - Average of 3.87/5
  7. Robot of Sherwood - Average of 3.66/5
  8. Kill the Moon - Average of 3.53/5
*Average scores were previously done to one decimal place - after Listen and Mummy drew to one decimal place, all the scores have now been done to two decimal places.

Mummy on the Orient Express' Question of the Week asked 'Is the Twelfth Doctor heartless?'. Is this new Doctor really as cold and emotionless as he says, or is he still the same old warm Doctor we knew - or can he be both? TGT voters were in favour of the new Doctor, with very few votes outright stating 'yes' and the majority voting 'no':
  • Yes - He no longer cares about those who die - 6.19%
  • No - He cares for Clara and still saves humanity - 57.73%
  • Unsure - He can be both heartless and sympathetic - 36.08%
We'll have a rate the episode poll for Flatline up straight after the episode tonight at 9.10pm, with our Question of the Week coming tomorrow.

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Doctor Who Confirmed For Children in Need 2014

It's been confirmed that Doctor Who will once again make an appearance on the BBC's annual charity telethon, Children in Need, this November.

A press release from the BBC states:
There will also be performances from the West End’s hit musicals Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Made in Dagenham, Once and Sunny Afternoon. Plus the cast of EastEnders in a musical performance that will transform The Square. Also helping out Pudsey on the big night with be Doctor Who and Call the Midwife.
Doctor Who content has become a tradition for Children in Need - with most years containing the first trailer for the Christmas Special. Other years have seen special minisodes, such as 2007's multi-Doctor short Time Crash, while last year saw an exclusive clip from The Day of the Doctor.

Considering Series 8 will conclude with the finale, Death in Heaven, the week beforehand, a special minisode is unlikely - so it's likely that Children in Need night will see the very first trailer for the 2014 Christmas Special, guest starring Nick Frost. We'll keep you updated as more news comes in, so stay tuned!

Children in Need takes place on Friday 14th November. You can find out more details and donate here!

[Source: BBC]
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Doctor Who: The Complete Guide to Flatline

It's time to see Clara fight a foe from beyond our dimension - Flatline airs tonight, and to whet your appetite for tonight's dimensionally transcendental adventure, here's all you need to know about episode nine:

Synopsis (Radio Times)
Clara is separated from the Doctor and facing a menace from another dimension, an enemy that exists beyond human perception. She has people to save - but how is it possible to hide when the walls provide no protection?
The international broadcast times for Flatline are as follows:
  • UK - Tonight at 8.25pm on BBC One
  • US - Tonight at 9/8C on BBC America
  • Canada - Tonight at 9pm on SPACE
  • Germany - Tonight at 9.30pm on FOX (English version with German subtitles)
  • Australia - Tomorrow at 6.25am (simulcast), 7.40pm (repeat) on ABC1
  • New Zealand - Sunday 26th October at 7.30pm on Prime
  • Finland - Sunday 11th November at 7.10pm on YLE2
The full cast list for Flatline is below:
  • The Doctor - Peter Capaldi
  • Clara - Jenna Coleman
  • Danny - Samuel Anderson
  • Roscoe - John Cummins
  • PC Forrest - Jessica Hayles
  • Rigsy - Joivan Wade
  • Fenton - Christopher Fairbank
  • Al - Matt Bardock
  • George - Raj Bajaj
  • Bill - James Quinn
  • SPOILER - Highlight to read Missy - Michelle Gomez 
Here's two trailers for Flatline:

And here's two clips:

Be sure to stay tuned to The Gallifrey Times after the episode at 9.10pm for a discussion & poll, episode nine of behind the scenes show Doctor Who Extra and the Next Time trailer for In the Forest of the Night!
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In the Forest of the Night