Monday, 5 October 2015

"The Witch's Familiar" - Consolidated Ratings

"The Witch's Familiar" has a consolidated 7 day rating of 5.71 million (not including repeats) - an increase of just over 2 million from the initial overnight figure of 3.70 million.

This puts the episode eighth for the week on BBC1.

This figure includes those who recorded and watched the show within one week of transmission - plus iplayer views through televisions.  It does not include pc/laptop, tablets or smartphones - initial figures for which will be released by BARB in their Online TV Player Report on Wednesday.

"Under the Lake" - AI Score and Ratings Update

"Under the Lake" had an Audience Appreciation Index (AI) score of 84.  The AI scores so far this series are:

"The Magician's Apprentice" - 84
"The Witch's Familiar" - 83
"Under the Lake" - 84

The Audience Appreciation Index (AI) is a score out of 100 which is used as an indicator of the public’s appreciation for a show. Over 90 is considered exceptional, 85 or over is excellent, 60 or less is poor, and less than 55 is very poor.

Figures also show that over 1 million watched "Under the Lake" on catch-up on Sunday, raising the viewing figure from 3.70 million to 4.75 million.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Videos - More Doctor Who Extra for "Under the Lake"

The BBC have released another three "Doctor Who Extra" videos for "Under the Lake" (you can watch the previous three videos here):

"Under the Lake" - Overnight Ratings

The overnight viewing figures show that 3.71 million tuned in for "Under the Lake" - that's a 16.3% audience share.

Doctor Who was, once again, hugely affected by being scheduled opposite the crucial England V Australia Rugby World Cup match which drew an average of 8.04 million.  The match actually peaked at 11 million. "The Witch's Familiar" - which was scheduled opposite the England V Wales match - managed an overnight figure of 3.70 million.

The consolidated figures will be released next week.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Video - Peter Capaldi Talks Ghosts...

Another little BBC video - this time Peter Capaldi talks about the "Doctor Who" take on ghosts - contains spoilers for "Under the Lake":

Videos - "Under the Lake" - Doctor Who Extra

This week we have three "Doctor Who Extra" videos for "Under the Lake" so far - they may well release a few more over the next few days:

Videos - "Before the Flood" - Trailers

Below are the "next time" and "BBC One" trailers for next week's episode, "Before the Flood", which will air on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 8.25pm.  However - I would recommend you NOT to watch them unless you've seen "Under the Lake":

Friday, 2 October 2015

Official Synopsis - Episode 5 - The Girl Who Died

The BBC have revealed the synopsis for episode 5 of Series 9 - "The Girl Who Died" - which will air on BBC1 on Saturday 17 October 2015 at a time yet to be confirmed:
Captured by Vikings, the Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future: the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl? 
Writer: Jamie Mathieson
Director: Ed Bazalgette
Producer: Derek Ritchie
Cast: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
The air time for episode 4 - "Before the Flood" - has been confirmed as 8.25pm on BBC1 on Saturday 10 October 2015.

More Filming Photos - Matt Smith - "The Crown"

Yet more photos of Matt Smith filming the new Netflix series, "The Crown", have appeared - once again, courtesy of the Daily Mail (who seem to be almost as obsessed as we are).  Brace yourselves ... he's in Naval uniform.  The photos below are also in "The Crown" album in the Who-Natic Gallery.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Class - BBC Three Announces Doctor Who Spin-Off

So, the "massive" announcement from the BBC regarding "Doctor Who" is a spin off called "Class" which will air on BBC Three:
BBC Three today announces Class - a new 8 x 45 minute Doctor Who Spin off from the acclaimed YA author Patrick Ness. Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you've never seen it before. 
Steven Moffat says: “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we're bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!” 
On his first television series, writer Patrick Ness says: "I'm astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There's so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can't wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels." 
Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three adds: “We’re excited to give Patrick Ness this opportunity to work with us at BBC Three and the Doctor Who family. Patrick understands young audiences and I’m delighted he will use his incredible skills as a storyteller to delight audiences on BBC Three. BBC Three will always innovate and offer opportunities for brilliant new talent."

Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning adds: “I am thrilled that Patrick Ness is writing his first drama series for BBC3. The combination of Patrick and Steven Moffat, is an exciting partnership that has created a brilliant Dr Who spin off for our BBC3 audience.” 
Class is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.

An 8 x 45 minute series produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC Three.

The series will film in and around Wales from Spring 2016 and be on air next year.

Interviews - "Under the Lake" - Sophie Stone and Toby Whithouse

The BBC have released two new "Under the Lake" interviews as part of the Series 9 Media Pack - Sophie Stone (pictured above as "Cass") and writer, Toby Whithouse.  "Under the Lake" will air on BBC1 at 8.25pm on Saturday 3 October 2015.

1. Sophie Stone:

How did you begin your acting career?
Sneakily and with perseverance. I've always found solace and release in the ‘language’ of performance and being told for years that I ‘can't’ made me rebellious and driven. So when a friend dared me to sign up for an acting talent competition which resulted in winning a year’s TV contract, which led to my first paid job on Casualty, I had a thirst to be better. I trained for three years at Rada and was re-born an official actor. This is only the beginning, I'm still learning with every job. That’s the beauty of it.

You play a character who is deaf in a two-part episode based on an underwater base, can you tell us about her?
Cass is fierce, independent, loyal and a serious soldier. She’s a sergeant of a military team hired by an oil company to protect an underwater base. She’s an acute lip reader and her strengths lie in her senses and observational skills. She’s sharp. There’s an apocalyptic feel on the base which keeps her alert and cautious. She is disciplined and holds high regard for her Captain Moran and, like him, would put her life on the line for her team. Her friend and colleague Lunn is her voice, but she owns everything she says. Toby (Whithouse) writes brilliantly strong female roles and there’s no compromise in the way things are run, until there’s no choice. It’s an exciting role to embody.

Your character is strong, a leader, was it an emotionally trying role?
It was physically tough due to the sign language translation, high energy and intense emotional stakes of the scenes, but I loved it. Playing a strong female character who took control of certain situations, but cared deeply about her team, showed the strength of her abilities and celebrated them.

How was your experience of working alongside hearing actors?
The whole Doctor Who team and cast were incredible. We had a riot, but a very supportive riot, where everyone had an awareness of each other and we were accommodated at every stage. Time and energy were given to areas where sign language was used on screen. Supported by a BSL expert Jean St Clair, Zaki and I had intensive homework sessions and everyone in the team were clear, patient and subtle in their approach to access that there was never any reason to feel lost or singled out. Deafness was never shown or felt to be an issue. It makes all the difference when a group works together, and we grew close because of it.

How did you find acting with the Peter and Jenna and the other guest cast?
Both Peter and Jenna were pure brilliance to work with. They have such a demanding job that must be incredibly difficult to balance their personal lives with, but they always find time for those around them and for their devoted Whovians. They are very dedicated and caring people who deserve the adoration they receive. Morven, Arsher, Colin, Steven and Zaki were so exciting to be around, their individual personalities made the room electric. I felt an affinity with Paul since his make up meant he couldn’t hear much so he found conversations quite hard to follow, but this never dampened his spirit. A lot of love went into the show and I hold the designers and technical crew in high regard, they are incredible. Dan and Derek know how to sew a show! They’re ace.

2. Toby Whithouse:

“I wanted to tell a ghost story in the universe of Doctor Who, and doing with it what the series really thrives upon - taking a traditional idea and finding the sci-fi spin which makes it unique and fresh. We had talked a lot about where to set a ghost story to give it that new edge, and after thinking of making a ‘haunted house’ into a ‘haunted space station’, the idea of the even more claustrophobic location of an underwater base suddenly seemed like a really different way to go. A group of people trapped at the bottom of a lake surrounded by the scariest ghosts we could invent - that’s definitely something you would only get to write for Doctor Who."

“As the story progresses, it moves from being a ghost story into a ghost story with time travel, and reveals the protagonist who’s behind this whole situation. I’ve always been fascinated with the dramatic possibilities of time travel, and employing it in a ghost story gives you a whole new level of horror to play with - what happens if you met your own ghost? Could you prevent that future? Would you sacrifice yourself to the big bad monster to save the people around you? What’s not to love in a timey-wimey paradox - the Doctor vs. Ghosts vs. Time Travel - surely not everyone will get out alive…”

Video - "Under the Lake" - Preview Clip 2

The BBC have released the second preview clip from "Under the Lake" - called "be careful what you wish for":