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This Week In Doctor Who
April 5, 2010 - Vol 13, Number 13
by Benjamin F. Elliott
The Doctor Who premiere episode "The Eleventh Hour" was great! We all have quibbles. I have some issues. But it looks like the new era is in good hands.
Note - TWIDW is out on Monday starting immediately. I am moving publication to Mondays to make it easier for me to complete the column and be satisfied with the concept. Computers permitting, as usual.
So now that the 11th Hour has Aired on British TV, the first points are in.
8.3 million: is the initial number of People who watched Who on the overnights. That's the Overnight figures from the BBC for BBC1 and BBC HD, this does not include DVR recordings for those not able to watch live, or the Number of views on the iPlayer. Though quite interestingly enough, the quality of Video for the Confidential on the BBC iPlayer was Higher than for the actual 11th Hour programme its self.
The 3d Trailer that was released on UK Cinema's showing before Alice In wonderland. Has now managed to find it's way on to YouTube. It can be Watched in all formats up to 1080p, and you require the Chromatek Chromadepth 3D Glasses to enjoy the Trailer. Enjoy.
Doctor Who: Podshock will be once again be taking to the net this Sunday for a live-over-the-net show reviewing the first episode of the new series, The Eleventh Hour.
It is the first full length episode starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor premiering on BBC One this Saturday (coming to BBC America on the 17th). We will taking one hour to review The Eleventh Hour with you the day after.
This is why I want to have a pied a terre in London. Anyone need a red-headed house sitter? :)
It was months in the making, but it finally happened after Gallifrey 21, I was a guest 'bartender' on the TARDIS Tavern podcast! No sooner after completing my previous post about being on Cultdom Collective podcast, word came to me via @tardistavern that The Arc of Infinity episode we recorded last week has now been released.
Join the insanity with the insanely great hosts Steve Stacy and Sean Homrig of the TARDIS Tavern as we review 20th anniversary season kick off episode, Arc of Infinity with Peter Davison as the 5th Doctor. Not only do we discuss this 1983 story, but Doctor Who in general and how I happened to come across it all those years ago.
Last week I had the privilege of being on and joining my fellow co-host James Naughton on the Cultdom Collective podcast. The episode is a Gallifrey One preview show. Yes, the Doctor Who convention is a year away now at this point, my friends at Cultdom are getting a head start for those planning on attending next February in Los Angeles, CA.
Originally all I had done was record a short comment that was to be played on the show with James. Then the scheduling gods were shinning upon us, because they were recording at a time when I was able to join in on the fun, unbeknownst to James. They were playing my pre-recorded clip I made about meeting James in person for the first time at Gallifrey 20 when suddenly I was on the show myself.
BBC AMERICA announced today the stars of its new Doctor Who series will make their first U.S. visit together to New York the week of April 12, ahead of the broadcast premiere on Saturday, April 17.
Launching the new era of the iconic series from BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat (Steven Spielberg's upcoming Tintin, Jekyll, Coupling), Matt Smith (The Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) will join Steven in New York for press interviews and a series of events. The launch kicks off on April 12, with a Paley Center for Media and BAFTA East Coast member screening and discussion moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s senior writer Clark Collis. On April 14, fans can join Matt, Karen and Steven at the Village East Cinema for the official premiere screening followed immediately by a Q&A moderated by USA Today’s pop culture columnist Whitney Matheson, author of the Pop Candy blog.
Wednesday, April 14
7:00 PM: A special premiere screening event of the new Doctor Who series, immediately followed by a Q&A with actors Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat at the Village East Cinema. The Q&A session will be moderated by USA Today’s Pop Culture Columnist Whitney Matheson, author of the Pop Candy blog (popcandy.usatoday.com). The event is open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first served basis on the day of the event. Facebook Event Page.
The newly regenerated Doctor, Matt Smith, is plummeting to Earth while he hangs on to the out-of-control TARDIS. Don't miss the new season of Doctor Who April 17th, 9/8c on BBC America. Visit http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctorwho
From BBC America: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat, and Piers Wenger discuss the importance and meaning of Doctor Who, and all the adventure, excitement, and magic the show embodies.
I can finally announce our 3rd Who York event! We will be welcoming none other than the 7th Doctor - Sylvester McCoy - to NYC at Cafe 50 West on Sunday May 16, 2010 from 6.30pm.
Sylvester played the Doctor on BBC1 from 1987-1989 and reprised the role in the 1996 TV movie, when he regenerated into the 8th Doctor, played by Paul McGann! Sylvester is a fabulous entertainer and always full of wonderful stories, so the evening should be a lot of fun! We'll have interviews, signings and more!
Tickets are $20 and are available now at http://whoyork.com. Sylvester will also be signing, your item or ours, for $20.
Hope to see you there!
The Who York Team
Heres's Matt Smith on Today's Blue Peter. A BBC Childrens Show.