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Published on May 4th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

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Series 3 Ratings News

The BBC’s continued insistence on Doctor Who on light nights can in some part be held responsible for the lower showing of the last two episodes, Daleks In Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks

Following on from Gridlock‘s excellent final figure of 8.4 million, Daleks In Manhattan clocked overnight viewings of 6.3 million (35% of the available audience) which evolved into a final figure 6.7 million. Evolution of the Daleks meanwhile currently holds an overnight score of 6.5 million (38%). (Thanks to DWAS for the stats).

Bonkers rumour news – Doctor #11 to be a child goalkeeper from a 1980s kids TV show? Jossy’s Giants was about a man called Jossy Blair who had an unfeasibly broad Geordie accent for 1980s television (making Tim Healy, Jimmy Nail and Kevin Whately sound like Leslie Phillips in comparison) and ran a kids football team. According to this piece in Digital Spy, relative unknown Julian Walsh has been rumoured by The Sun to be the next Doctor:

A representative of bookmakers Paddy Power told the tabloid: “Julian might not look the part as he’s a bit squat and bald… but we’ve had to slash his odds to 12/1. We fear punters might know something we don’t.”

However, Walsh’s spokesman admitted to The Sun last night that the actor “is bemused by all of this. Nobody has approached us yet.”

They probably don’t know who he is…

Big Finish are celebrating their 100th Doctor Who audio later this year, and mark the occasion with 100 starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor. Four episodes comprise 100, each self-contained stories penned by Robert Shearman, Joseph Lidster, Jacqueline Rayner and Paul Cornell.

Finally, the Daleks continue to do good business for Character Group, reports The Telegraph. The toymaker’s profits are up £4 million, and Doctor Who has been major part of their success, especially around Christmas time. So what do they have in store for us this year…?

The group plans to launch a new toy accordingly which it expects to be one of the hottest boys toy for this Christmas – the Doctor Who Dalek Sec Hybrid Voice Changer Helmet.

Looking ahead, Character Group remains upbeat, with plans to release other new products… and a project with BBC Worldwide relating to the television programme The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Sounds like fun!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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