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It’s Prime Time!

Doctor Who returns to New Zealand… The time: 7.30, the date: Thursday July 7th, the place: Prime TV!

Scoop independent news reports that a broadcast date has finally been confirmed for Series 1’s broadcast in New Zealand.

Nor only does Scoop report the Press Release from Prime TV (reproduced below), but the Prime TV also has a small feature here and here.

The Prime TV Press Release:

The New Doctor Who Premieres on Prime

Doctor Who will return to New Zealand television screens this Thursday 7 July at 7:30pm on Prime. This television triumph is the ultimate adventure in human race – gripping, breathtaking and action packed.

Doctor Who debuted on BBC TV in Britain this March with 10 million viewers. The new series sees Doctor Who, the alien loner and his companion Rose forge a friendship across time and space. Davies says of the new series, “The key word is fun”. “It’s funny, scary, fast-moving, adventurous, but above all the new Doctor Who is fun.”

While this exciting new series maintains the essence of the much loved earlier series, the new Doctor Who boasts special effects from Academy Award-winning effects house The Mill (Gladiator), and production values seldom seen on series television.

Doctor Who is a series not to be missed. Viewers should brace themselves for a journey full of exhilarating experiences and deadly confrontations.

Doctor Who premieres on Prime this Thursday 7 July at 7:30pm

DWAS has reported BARBs figures for the final two episodes, Bad Wolf and Parting of the Ways have been amended – Bad Wolfs final figure is given as 6.81 million with a 35.91% audience share, while the series finale is officially 6.7 million with 41.77% share – massive leap!

DWAS also report that the first three Ninth Doctor novels are currently highly paced in the book chart of the Independent:

3. Monsters Inside (Stephen Cole)

4. Winner Takes All (Jacqueline Rayner)

5. The Clockwise Man (Justin Richards)

Atticus in the Sunday Times noted that MPs are formally congratulating the BBC on the success of Doctor Who:

He fought a bitter battle against an evil dictator who undoubtedly had access to weapons of mass destruction, and at last he’s getting some recognition for it in parliament. MPs, headed by Labour’s Harry Cohen, have put down a motion congratulating the BBC on the recent series of Doctor Who (although George Galloway is likely to be tabling an amendment in the coming week condemning the illegal war on the Dalek people). Once MPs have dealt with the controversial Doctor Who issue, when will the prime minister be making a Commons statement about tonight’s episode of Midsomer Murders?

Frankly I wish they would do something about Midsomer. Perhaps a murder prevention squad instead of a murder detection one?

FInally, EyeOfHorus.org.uk reports that Ninth Doctor-related merchandise will be available from the 15th August.

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