On this Christmas Special Steven Moffat said:
“Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters and the Doctor and a honeymoon and – oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically.”
Controller of the BBC, Ben Stephenson said:
“Matt Smith and Karen Gillan captivated audiences in their debut series and Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year with special guest stars Sir Michael Gambon and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins joining Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!”
Katherine Jenkins said:
“I'm over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special – I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever!”
The full BBC Press release can be read here but contains spoilers for any those who haven’t seen episodes thirteen of series five; The Big Bang. Filming is currently happening in Cardiff and will continue into August followed by filming for Matt Smith’s second series as the Doctor.
A full coverage of the ratings for series five compared to previous series’ can be found here over on The Doctor Who News Page.
The Eleventh Hour - 10.08
The Beast Below - 8.42
Victory of the Daleks - 8.20
The Time of Angels - 8.59
Flesh and Stone - 8.50
The Vampires of Venice - 7.68
Amy’s Choice - 7.55
The Hungry Earth - 6.49
Cold Blood - 7.49
Vincent and The Doctor - 6.76
The Lodger - 6.44
The Pandorica Opens - 7.58
The Big Bang - 6.70
Station 7 is the most secret establishment in the whole of Earth-Space.
Even our own people don’t know it exists. It’s beyond top secret.
There’s no way the Daleks can ever find it.
Station 7 is where the Earth Forces send all the equipment captured in their unceasing war against the Daleks. It’s where Dalek technology is analysed and examined. It’s where the Doctor and Amy have just arrived. But somehow the Daleks have found out about Station 7 – and there’s something there that they want back.
With the Doctor increasingly worried about the direction the Station’s research is taking, the commander of Station 7 knows he has only one possible, desperate, defence. Because the last terrible secret of Station 7 is that they don’t only store captured Dalek technology. It’s also a prison. And the only thing that might stop a Dalek is another Dalek…
An epic, full-colour graphic novel featuring the Doctor and Amy, as played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.
Actress Elisabeth Sladen, actor David Collings and producer Phillip Hinchcliffe have recorded the commentary for Revenge of the Cybermen while actor Sylvester McCoy, actress Sophie Aldred, director Chris Clough and script editor Andrew Cartmel have recorded the commentary for Silver Nemesis. Doctor Who Online have the full list here of special features for this box set.
Doctor Who returns with this Christmas with a currently untitled episode written by Steven Moffat with filming for it to begin sometime within the next month. Judging by Barbara Kidd’s United Agents page, Sanne Wahlenberg will be joining the Doctor Who team as producer for the upcoming Christmas Special and the next series.
Torchwood’s fourth series will consist of ten episodes written by a team of writers including Torchwood creator Russell T Davies. It is unknown series four of Torchwood will be broadcast but rumours are that it will shown later 2011. The original press release from the BBC can be read here on the official site while the interview can be read here.
Volume three of Doctor Who’s fifth series will be released next month containing the episodes; Amy’s Choice by Simon Nye and The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood by Chris Chibnall. The Monster Files exclusive for volume three will most likely be about the Silurians. Volume four containing the final episodes of the fifth series will be released in September.
BARB have also confirmed that The Pandorica Opens managed to secure an audience percentage share of 37%. A Top 30 is currently unavailable from BARB, with more final viewing figures still to be released for other channels, but its believed that Doctor Who was the 9th most watched programme of the week. Final ratings for The Big Bang, which pulled in an audience of 5.1 million in the overnights, will be released soon.
The stories on DVD’s within the next twenty issues include; The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Visitation, The Hand of Fear, Inferno, The Two Doctors, Logopolis, Castrovalva, The Green Death, Robot, Mawdryn Undead, Survival, The Deadly Assassin, The Time Warrior, The Robots of Death, Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars, The End of Time, Enlightenment, Destiny of the Daleks, Battlefield and Carnival of Monsters.