Published on August 5th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
Lots and lots of added Doctor Who content on the BBC website which we’ll come to in a moment, plus vague justification for the pun-tastic headline; meanwhile, we’ve recently heard a rumour that Katy Manning has been “approached” to appear in the upcoming series of Doctor Who. Currently we don’t have any hard facts, just as we don’t know for certain whether the return of Zoe Wanamaker is inked and whether or not she will be playing Cassandra (a bit difficult as she blew up and didn’t recognise Rose).
These rumours to tend to float around regarding anything as culturally significant as Doctor Who, however, so remember to take everything with a massive pinch of salt until you see it confirmed by a production team member or official document.
To herald tomorrow’s return of the Eighth Doctor Who to the BBC schedules, the Official Doctor Who site classic page has a new splash page similar to the new series page. This splash page has the old TVM image of the Doctor in the TARDIS cloister room, plus some audio clips and a link to the remade Shada.
The BBC News pages investigate the reasons behind this years Hugo nominees (the annual award for science fiction writing) are all British, and cites Doctor Who as an example:
The films are tops at the box office, the books dominate the best-seller lists and on the TV the revived Doctor Who has pleased old fans and won a generation of new ones.
More importantly, it’s worth considering that according to this article, the British author’s books are actually progressive and not backward or inward-looking, which is the case with the the American examples…
The BBC Doctor Who site has a review of the new Third Doctor novel Island of Death – there’s also space for you to add your own comments!
Scoop.co.nz reports how Doctor Who is a runaway success in New Zealand, with:
Last nightâ€™s figures reveal that Doctor Who achieved an all time high, boasting a channel share of 15% for AP 18-49. The programme also performed strongly against the networkâ€™s core demographic 25-54 achieving a 14% share. Doctor Who is particularly strong with male audiences 18-49, achieving a channel share of 20% last night.
The second series is scheduled for Winter 2006, which I think means summer 2006 for us in the Northern Hemisphere.
Finally, back on the subject of Paul McGann, the BBC7 webpage has its own Doctor Who section, which contains some background on the Big Finish series. There’s also some links to other Doctor Who sites.
There are other Doctor Who sites?