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TDP 361: Spend Christmas with The Adventures in Space and time with Neil

Neil Perryman wrote the Short Trips story Last Minute Shopping. He later ran a successful and popular blog named 'Adventures With the Wife in Space', in which he watched every episode of the classic series, the missing episodes as recons, and the Paul McGann movie with his wife, Sue Perryman. His wife was not a fan, and her reactions to the series were recorded. In 2013 he released a book sharing a name with the blog, co-written by his wife.

http://wifeinspace.com/

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FREE Script - Get Angela Carter - A Radio Play with werewolves, witches gangsters and booksellers

Get Angela Carter - A Radio Play with werewolves, witches gangsters and booksellers

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FREE Short story FOR XMAS! - Schrödingers Puppy

As a Christmass gift here is a link to a free download of my short story - 

Schrödingers Puppy

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TDP 360: Enemy of the World DVD

The Enemy of the World is the fourth serial of the fifth season of the Britishscience fiction television series Doctor Who, which originally aired in six weekly parts from 23 December 1967 to 27 January 1968. The story is a break from the monsters and "bases under siege" of season five, highlighted by a dual role for lead actor Patrick Troughton. Believed to be mostly lost for decades, with only Episode 3 surviving destruction, the recovery of the remaining episodes was announced by the BBC on 11 October 2013, with the complete serial released to iTunes at midnight the same day, alongside The Web of Fear, which had also been recovered save for one episode.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

The Second DoctorJamie and Victoria are enjoying themselves on a beach in Australia in 2018 when the Doctor is subject to an assassination attempt. The controller of the would-be assassins, an agent named Astrid Ferrier, rescues them by helicopter. She takes them to her boss Giles Kent. It seems the Doctor is the physical double of Salamander, a ruthless megalomaniac who is dominating the United Zones Organisation. Salamander has ascended to power via exploiting new technology to yield more food, concentrating and harnessing the sun’s rays to generate more crops, but is set on increasing his power. When Kent, who was once Deputy Security Leader for North Africa and Europe, crossed Salamander, the dictator ruined him and removed his various allies. The only remaining Kent ally with any authority is Alexander Denes in Central Europe. The Doctor is persuaded to impersonate Salamander as a way of gathering more information on his designs. His first test comes when Kent’s home is surrounded by security troops and their leader, Security Chief Donald Bruce, arrives.

Bruce is a bully who intimidates those in his path, but the Doctor’s impersonation is strong enough to persuade him that he is Salamander – even though the real Salamander is supposed to be at a conference in the Central European Zone. Bruce leaves, albeit with suspicion, while the Doctor turns on Kent, realising he called Bruce there himself to test the impersonation. The Doctor is not yet convinced Salamander is a villain, but Kent presses ahead with a plan. Jamie, Victoria, and Astrid are to infiltrate Salamander's retinue while he's still in the Central European zone, via Denes’ support, and gather evidence on Salamander. Meanwhile, Kent and the Doctor will travel to Salamander's research station in Kanowa to gather intelligence there.

The real Salamander, in the Central European Zone, warns that a dormant volcano range in Hungary is about to explode. Denes does not believe this is possible and resist the calls to send pre-emptive relief. Jamie, Victoria, and Astrid have by now reached the Central European Zone. Jamie is to try to infiltrate Leader Salamander's retinue, while Astrid contacts Denes for a meeting. Jamie manages to get himself promoted to Salamander’s personal staff by preventing a bogus attempt on the Leader’s life, and also ensures Victoria is given a position as assistant to Salamander's personal chef. When Astrid meets Denes she tells him of the two spies who have entered the Leader’s staff.

Salamander now works on Denes’ deputy, Fedorin, to turn him against Denes. Fedorin is a weak man and gives in to Salamander’s blackmail easily, but is scared when he hears the prediction that Denes will soon be killed and Salamander will be asked to take over the Zone following the imminent natural disaster. On cue an earthquake begins as the promised volcanic eruption starts. Donald Bruce arrives but is unable to mention the Salamander in Australia issue before Denes returns to the palace too, blaming Salamander for somehow engineering the volcano. Salamander responds by saying Denes failed to heed his warnings on the volcanoes and is thus negligent and must be removed from office.

Denes is arrested and Salamander now tells Fedorin to poison him before he can be brought to trial and repeat his allegations. When Fedorin fails to do so, Salamander uses the poison on him instead.

Donald Bruce has meanwhile started to have serious suspicions about the situation. He evidently does not trust Salamander, and tries unsuccessfully to get Jamie to explain the Australia incident. Another man with suspicions is Theodore Benik, Salamander’s unpleasant deputy, who has heard from Bruce that Salamander was supposed to be in two places at one time. He visits and intimidates Giles Kent, but the Doctor stays hidden while the unsolicited visitor is there destroying Kent’s property.

Jamie and Victoria meanwhile use their new roles in the palace to get close to Fariah, Salamander’s food taster, hoping to gather information on the Leader’s intentions. Jamie also causes a diversion to try to facilitate a rescue attempt on Denes by Astrid. However, things fall apart and Denes is shot dead. Though Astrid escapes, Jamie and Victoria are arrested. This prompts Bruce to ask Salamander in private about his relationship with Jamie and his presence with him and Kent in Australia – which prompts Salamander to decide to return to Kanowa immediately and unmask the impersonator.

Astrid returns to Australia too and contacts the Doctor and Kent to tell them of the outcome of the botched rescue attempt. Fariah has followed Astrid and makes contact with her, Kent and the Doctor, telling them that Jamie and Victoria have been brought as prisoners to the Kanowa Research Centre. Fariah also hands over the file made by Salamander to blackmail Fedorin - which finally convinces the Doctor of Salamander’s evil. However, before they can act, the building is raided by Benik and his troops and Fariah is killed and the file recovered. The others escape.

Salamander, Benik and Bruce meet at the Centre and realise the severity of the situation. When he is alone, Salamander dons a radiation suit and enters a secret lift, which transports him to a secret bunker below the Centre. In the bunker are scientists who believe Salamander has just ventured to the surface of the allegedly irradiated planet to look for food. He claims to have found a safe new food stock to sustain them after their five years below ground. He also urges them to continue fighting the war against the surface by using technology to create natural disasters. Most of the scientists accept this but one, Colin, urges Salamander to take him to the surface the next time, even though no one who has accompanied Salamander there has ever returned.

When the Doctor and his friends return to Kent’s caravan they are soon discovered by Donald Bruce, who has traced their car.

Bruce affirms he is a servant of the world government, not Salamander, and shows he can be persuaded by the case that the Leader is, in Astrid’s words, a traitor, blackmailer and murderer. The Doctor and Bruce reach a deal: they will travel to the Research Centre where the Doctor will impersonate Salamander to gain more evidence, while Kent and Astrid are kept under guard; but if no evidence is found they will all be arrested for conspiracy. Bruce and the Doctor leave and shortly afterward Kent and Astrid escape their captor by means of a ruse.

In the shelter the promised new food has arrived and the scientists unpack it. However, one of them, Swann, finds a stray newspaper clipping and realises there is normal life on the surface rather than the continuing nuclear war they had all been told. He confronts Salamander, who agrees to take him to the surface to show him the world is now full of hideous, depraved mutants and their actions in causing natural disasters are helping to wipe them out. Swann is unmoved but agrees to go the surface without revealing his concerns. This incenses Colin, another scientist who had been told he might get to the surface soon.

Above ground Benik has begun interrogating Jamie and Victoria. He gets menacing and is only stopped when Bruce and the fake Salamander arrive, sending Benik away. While the travellers are reunited, deepening Bruce’s trust of the Doctor, Benik discovers from a guard that Salamander does not seem to have returned from the records room. The Doctor now obtains evidence that the food supplies for the Research Centre vastly exceed the expected amount of supplies needed. He heads off alone and accesses the Records Room, where he impersonates Salamander. A visitor soon arrives – Giles Kent – who has a key to the secret room and knows much more of Salamander’s plans than he ever let on.

In the grounds of the research centre Astrid finds Swann. He has been bludgeoned by Salamander and is close to death but manages to tell her of the bunker below before he passes away.

She now uses the secret lift to access the bunker and with some difficulty explains the truth to the scientists. Colin is the first to believe her and he and Mary join Astrid in the small lift for its journey to the surface. When they reach the Records Room, they encounter the Doctor and Kent – and the latter is denounced as the person who took them all below ground in the first place. It seems that Kent and Salamander were allies all along, and the Doctor reveals he had been slow to support Kent because he feared all along he was being used just to topple Salamander for Kent to take over. Kent manages to flee into the cave system beyond the Records Room.

Donald Bruce has meanwhile asserted his authority and taken over the Research Centre, arresting Benik in the process. The Doctor contacts Bruce and tells him of the situation, after which the Doctor himself heads into the tunnels to seek out Kent and Salamander. The two felons have met, with Salamander fatally wounding his one-time ally, who seeks revenge by blowing up the cave system. Astrid co-ordinates the relief effort to get the other scientists out of the shelter

The Doctor, who has emerged unscathed from the tunnels, arrives on the beach with the TARDIS. Jamie and Victoria are waiting for him there and he pleads exhaustion when they enter the ship, asking Jamie to pilot it for him instead. Jamie’s suspicions are proved true when the real Doctor arrives and denounces Salamander’s impersonation of him. The dictator responds by activating the dematerialisation control and the TARDIS heads away from Earth with its doors still open. Salamander is sucked out into the vortex while the others cling onto the TARDIS console for dear life.

Continuity[edit]

In Episode 2, the Doctor says, 'disused Yeti?' after mishearing Astrid's comment about a disused jetty. This refers to his experience with the Yeti in The Abominable Snowmen.[citation needed] A single shot of Jamie from this story is used when the character is seen, along with a number of other companions, as the Daleks attempt to scan the Fifth Doctor's mind in Resurrection of the Daleks.[citation needed]

Production[edit]

Serial details by episode
EpisodeBroadcast dateRun timeViewers
(in millions)
Archive
"Episode 1" 23 December 1967 23:45 6.8 16mm t/r
"Episode 2" 30 December 1967 23:48 7.6 16mm t/r
"Episode 3" 6 January 1968 23:05 7.1 16mm t/r
"Episode 4" 13 January 1968 23:46 7.8 16mm t/r
"Episode 5" 20 January 1968 24:22 6.9 16mm t/r
"Episode 6" 27 January 1968 21:41 8.3 16mm t/r
[3][4]

This was the last story to be produced under the aegis of Doctor Who creator Sydney Newman, who left his position as Head of Dramaat the BBC upon the expiration of his contract at the end of 1967. The four key production roles for this story were all taken by men heavily involved in the development of Doctor Who. Author David Whitaker had been the show's first Script Editor; Barry Letts, directing the show for the first time, later became the show's producer (for the majority of the Jon Pertwee era), executive producer, and occasional script writer; Script Editor Peter Bryant became the show's producer from the next story; Innes Lloyd was the show's current producer, but left after this story.[5]

Much like the First Doctor serial The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve, this serial was influenced by the lead actor's desire to play roles other than the Doctor. Initially, it was planned that Troughton's two characters would meet more than once, but due to the technical complexity, there was eventually only the one confrontation scene, at the story's climax (utilising editing and a split-screen technique). Barry Letts planned six split-screen shots. He called for a matte box to mask half of the camera lens, having read about the technique used for old Hollywood films. The film was rewound after the first take and Troughton was then filmed in his other costume. However, after the first such shot, the camera jammed, and no more split-screen takes were filmed. Later, Letts mentioned this toDerek Martinus, director of the preceding story, who brought Letts up to date with the contemporary technology of filming normally then using an optical printer to combine the material.[5]

British television's shift from 405-line technology to 625-line, in preparation for colour transmissions, went into effect for Doctor Who as of Episode 1 of this serial.[6]

Originally, Episode 3 was the only episode of this story to survive in the BBC archives, while Episode 4 was one of the few Doctor Whomissing episodes for which, for unknown reasons, no tele-snaps were taken. On 11 October 2013, the BBC announced that the remaining five episodes had been recovered from a television relay station storage room in Nigeria[7] following search efforts, making the serial complete in the BBC television archives for the first time since the mass junkings of Doctor Who episodes between 1972 and 1978. It was subsequently released on iTunes at midnight.[1][2]

Cast notes[edit]

Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling did not appear in episode 4, as they were on holiday.

Milton Johns later appeared as Guy Crayford in The Android Invasion, and Castellan Kelner in The Invasion of Time. Colin Douglas later played Reuben in Horror of Fang Rock. George Pravda later played Jaeger in The Mutants and Castellan Spandrell in The Deadly Assassin. Troughton's son David Troughton makes his first Doctor Who appearance as an uncredited extra. His later appearances in the series would be The War Games as Private Moore, The Curse of Peladon as King Peladon and finally Midnight (Doctor Who) as Professor Hobbes in the revived series.

Christopher Burgess (Swann) also appeared as Professor George Philips in Terror of the Autons and Barnes in Planet of the Spiders.

Andrew Staines (Sergeant to Benik) also appeared in Terror of the Autons (as Goodge), Carnival of Monsters (as the Captain) and Planet of the Spiders (as Keaver).

Commercial releases[edit]

In print[edit]

Doctor Who book
Book cover
Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World
Series Target novelisations
Release number 24
Writer Ian Marter
Publisher Target Books
Cover artist Bill Donohoe
ISBN 0-426-20126-4
Release date 17 April 1981

A novelisation of this serial, written by Ian Marter, was published by Target Books in March 1981, entitled Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World. David Whitaker had been working on his own version of the novelisation at the time of his death.

Home media[edit]

Episode 3 was released on VHS in The Troughton Years. A restored and VidFIREd version was released on DVD in 2004, as part of the Lost in Time boxset. In 2002, a remastered CD version of the audio was released with linking narration by Frazer Hines. See List of ''Doctor Who'' audio releases.

Following the October 2013 recovery of the remaining episodes, the complete serial was released on iTunes on 11 October 2013. Following its release it shared the top two spots on the iTunes download chart for TV serials with following and also newly recovered serial The Web of Fear, above Homeland and Breaking Bad.[8]

A DVD was released on 25 November 2013.[1][2] Unlike previous Doctor Who DVDs, this release contained no commentaries, information text or other special features, merely the restored episodes and a "Coming Next" trailer for The Web of Fear. The Region 4 release does not feature the coming soon trailer.

References[edit]

  1. Jump up to:a b c Berriman, Ian (11 October 2013). "Doctor Who Missing Episodes Returned: Everything You Need To Know"SFX. Bath: Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  2. Jump up to:a b c "BBC Confirms 9 Lost Troughton Episodes Recovered!". Doctor Who TV. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. Jump up^ "The Enemy of the World". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  4. Jump up^ Sullivan, Shannon (2005-05-10). "A Brief History of Time Travel". A Brief History of Time Travel. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  5. Jump up to:a b Barry Letts, Who and Me[page needed]
  6. Jump up^ Pixley, Andrew, "Season 5, In Production: Heroes and Villains," Doctor Who MagazineSpecial Edition #4, 4 June 2003 (The Complete Second Doctor), Panini Publishing Ltd., p. 37, col. 2.
  7. Jump up^ "Lost Doctor Who found in Nigeria station storeroom". 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  8. Jump up^ "Lost Doctor Who episodes become iTunes best-sellers"Seenit.co.uk. London: MayorWatch Publications Limited. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-22.

External links[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Target novelisation

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TDP 359: Destiny of the Doctor 10 Deaths Deal

Responding to multiple maydays, the TARDIS lands on the planet of Death’s Deal, but the distress calls are old, the final echoes of terrified lost souls. This is an exotic world of lethal creatures, nicknamed ‘The Deadliest Planet in the Galaxy’, and only the brave, foolhardy or greedy would ever dare to visit.

Finding themselves stranded among a motley bunch of space-tourists, the Doctor and Donna must lead a struggle for survival against the frenzied wildlife, as they slowly realise that other members of the group have very different agendas.

And soon the Doctor learns of an even bigger threat hiding on Death’s Deal. Somewhere deep below the surface, is something that must never be unearthed.
Time is running out, and only an impossible survivor holds the key…

PLEASE NOTE: THE CD RELEASE DOES NOT COME WITH A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE STORY.

Written By: Darren Jones
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Duncan Wisbey (Krux/Erskine)

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 Two New Torchwood Shows - Torchwood: Presure Pad and Torchwood: Agents of Shield

from wiki

Pressure Pad is a BBC quiz show that aired on BBC One since 4 November 2013, hosted by John Barrowman.

Format[edit]

Two teams of five compete in four head to head contests. After each round, one person goes through for their team to the final contest for a chance to win £2,000.

Transmissions[edit]

SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
1 4 November 2013 6 December 2013

25

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TDP 357: Destiny of the Doctor 9 - NIGHT OF THE WHISPER

New Vegas, 23rd Century – a sprawling city huddling beneath an artificial atmospheric bubble on a distant moon. Pleasure seekers flock there from every corner of the galaxy, to take in the shows and play the tables in the huge casinos. But beneath the glitz and the glitter, organised crime rules the streets.

Whilst Rose Tyler works as a waitress in the Full Moon nightclub, Jack Harkness poses as a reporter for the Daily Galaxy. Meanwhile, the Doctor is helping the police department with their investigation into The Whisper, a strange vigilante that has been terrorising the city’s underworld. But the Doctor is also on a mission of his own – to save Police Chief McNeil’s life at all costs.

PLEASE NOTE: THE CD RELEASE DOES NOT COME WITH A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE STORY.

Written By: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast

Nicholas Briggs, John Schwab (McNeil)

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TDP 356: An Adventure in Space and Time - DVD out now

from wiki

An Adventure in Space and Time is a British television docudrama commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the science fiction series Doctor Who, which tells the story of its creation. It is written by the Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss. Details of the film were announced by the BBC on 9 August 2012, with the programme airing on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2013,[3] on BBC America in the United States and Space in Canada on 22 November 2013,[4] on UKTV in New Zealand on 22 November 2013[5] and on ABC1 in Australia on 24 November 2013.[6] The TV programme was shown in a pre-screening at the British Film Institute in Southbank on 12 November 2013.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

In 1966, William Hartnell (David Bradley) is in his dressing room at the BBC. He insults a stagehand who calls him to the set, where the delay caused by his absence is noticed. Hartnell enters in costume, ready to film his last moments as the Doctor and stands in front of the TARDIS console. First gazing at the ceiling, he lowers his head and closes his eyes.

Three years earlier, BBC executive Sydney Newman (Brian Cox) is asked to create a show that will fill the gap between Grandstand and Juke Box Jury. He has an idea for a science-fiction series with the central character being a "doctor", although he does not know of what. When he tells his colleague Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine) she is hesitant to join the project. She changes her mind when Newman asks her to be the producer, not his assistant. Lambert and the show's director, Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan), meet William Hartnell to offer him the lead role in what will eventually be titled Doctor Who and, despite some trepidation, he accepts.

During a rehearsal, Hartnell is dissatisfied that the TARDIS lacks an interior set. Newman then compliments Hartnell's acting ability to save his producer from a troublesome conversation. However, Newman has misgivings about Lambert's handling of her job. This inspires Lambert to become more assertive and she forces the set designer to finally create the TARDIS interior. He does so effortlessly, impressing Lambert. The recording of the pilot episode is beset with difficulties; Newman dislikes the result and orders a re-shoot. Following this, he is finally contented and schedules a transmission date.

After the broadcast of the first episode, Lambert and Hussein are nervous, as it occurs the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and its potential audience is diminished. Newman summons Lambert and tells her of Controller of BBC1 Donald Baverstock's (Mark Eden) request to cancel the show, but Lambert emphasises her belief in it and asks him to repeat the first episode before the second is screened. For the next serial, Newman expresses his concern about the Daleks, referring to them as "bug-eyed monsters", which he refused to allow on the show since its creation. However, Lambert eventually convinces him. Following the transmission of thefirst Dalek story, Lambert realises its popularity when she spots children impersonating the creatures' catchphrase, "Exterminate". Newman is pleased to tell her that the programme achieved a viewership of 10 million and continued production is now assured.

As most of the original cast and crew (including Hussein and Lambert) gradually move on to other projects, Hartnell's health declines, which leads to him forget lines and require scenes to be re-shot — something the BBC can ill-afford. Hartnell meets with Newman and asks for a reduced workload, but the decision has already been taken to replace him. Hartnell has grown to embrace playing the Doctor and struggles with his emotional attachment to the character. However, he reluctantly accepts the situation. As he later informs his wife, Heather (Lesley Manville), of the news he breaks into tears and says, "I don't want to go."

Before his final scene, Hartnell shares a brief exchange with his successor, Patrick Troughton (Reece Shearsmith). As the cameras are about to record, Hartnell looks across the main console. He sees Matt Smith, who will play the same role nearly 50 years later, and who silently acknowledges Hartnell's legacy.

Production[edit]

The drama is produced by Matt Strevens, and directed by Terry McDonough.[8] Filming began in February 2013. The production was based at the Wimbledon Studios in London,[9] with shooting also taking place at BBC Television Centre.

On Sunday 17 February 2013, location filming for the drama took place early in the morning on Westminster Bridge in London.[10] This involved replicas of 1960s Dalek props crossing the bridge, in a recreation of a famous scene from the 1964 Doctor Who serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth.[10] Interior scenes replicating early Doctor Who production at Lime Grove Studios were also filmed, showing 1963-era cameras and studio equipment.[11]

To make the drama understandable to a general audience not knowledgeable about the history of Doctor Who, not all of those involved in its creation are represented in the script.[12] For example, the programme's original story editor David Whitaker does not appear, and his role is merged with that of associate producer Mervyn Pinfield.[12]

Part of the production involved the recreation of scenes from the classic series, some of which are from missing episodes such asMarco Polo.[13] Mark Gatiss had stated that his ambitions included filming the death of Sara Kingdom from the missing episode 12 ofThe Daleks' Master Plan, using actress Jean Marsh (who originally played the character in 1965) to play the increasingly aging Sara, and using Super 8 footage of the Radio Times publicity photo-shoot for The Three Doctors, but the budget could not accommodate them.[14]

Cast[edit]

A number of the cast have appeared in Doctor Who at one time or another, most notably William Russell and Carole Ann Ford. David Bradley appeared in the Series 7 episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", while Jessica Raine was in the Series 7 episode "Hide", both alongside Matt Smith as the Doctor; Jeff Rawle was in the Season 21 serial Frontios with Peter DavisonMark Eden appeared as the title character in the Season 1 serial Marco Polo with William HartnellNicholas Briggs has played the voice of the Daleks since the series was revived in 2005 and Brian Cox voiced the Elder Ood in The End of Time. Jean Marsh and Anneke Wills, who both played companions to Hartnell's First Doctor also appeared during Verity Lambert's leaving party scene.

Doctor Who actors[edit]

Behind-the-scenes personnel[edit]

Others[edit]

Earlier proposals[edit]

Gatiss first pitched the idea of such a drama to the BBC for the programme's fortieth anniversary in 2003, submitting a proposal to BBC Four.[22] However, the proposal was rejected by the BBC, and Gatiss was told there was no available slot or budget for such a programme.[22] Ten years prior to Gatiss's pitch, at the time of Doctor Who's thirtieth anniversary in 1993, film-maker Kevin Davies had proposed a similar project called The Legend Begins to the BBC.[23] The Legend Begins would have mixed documentary interviews with those responsible for the creation of Doctor Who with a dramatised strand showing the programme's beginnings.[22] Eventually, the dramatisation idea was abandoned in favour of a standard documentary format looking at the entire history of Doctor Who, which was eventually broadcast on BBC1 as Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS in November 1993.[23] When interviewed in 2003, Mark Gatiss said that he was unaware of Davies's earlier The Legend Begins proposal when he first came up with the idea for his programme.[22]

Home media[edit]

The programme will be released on DVD on 2 December 2013.[24][25]

An Adventure in Space and Time is a British television docudrama commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the science fiction series Doctor Who, which tells the story of its creation. It is written by the Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss. Details of the film were announced by the BBC on 9 August 2012, with the programme airing on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2013,[3] on BBC America in the United States and Space in Canada on 22 November 2013,[4] on UKTV in New Zealand on 22 November 2013[5] and on ABC1 in Australia on 24 November 2013.[6] The TV programme was shown in a pre-screening at the British Film Institute in Southbank on 12 November 2013.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

In 1966, William Hartnell (David Bradley) is in his dressing room at the BBC. He insults a stagehand who calls him to the set, where the delay caused by his absence is noticed. Hartnell enters in costume, ready to film his last moments as the Doctor and stands in front of the TARDIS console. First gazing at the ceiling, he lowers his head and closes his eyes.

Three years earlier, BBC executive Sydney Newman (Brian Cox) is asked to create a show that will fill the gap between Grandstand and Juke Box Jury. He has an idea for a science-fiction series with the central character being a "doctor", although he does not know of what. When he tells his colleague Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine) she is hesitant to join the project. She changes her mind when Newman asks her to be the producer, not his assistant. Lambert and the show's director, Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan), meet William Hartnell to offer him the lead role in what will eventually be titled Doctor Who and, despite some trepidation, he accepts.

During a rehearsal, Hartnell is dissatisfied that the TARDIS lacks an interior set. Newman then compliments Hartnell's acting ability to save his producer from a troublesome conversation. However, Newman has misgivings about Lambert's handling of her job. This inspires Lambert to become more assertive and she forces the set designer to finally create the TARDIS interior. He does so effortlessly, impressing Lambert. The recording of the pilot episode is beset with difficulties; Newman dislikes the result and orders a re-shoot. Following this, he is finally contented and schedules a transmission date.

After the broadcast of the first episode, Lambert and Hussein are nervous, as it occurs the day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and its potential audience is diminished. Newman summons Lambert and tells her of Controller of BBC1 Donald Baverstock's (Mark Eden) request to cancel the show, but Lambert emphasises her belief in it and asks him to repeat the first episode before the second is screened. For the next serial, Newman expresses his concern about the Daleks, referring to them as "bug-eyed monsters", which he refused to allow on the show since its creation. However, Lambert eventually convinces him. Following the transmission of thefirst Dalek story, Lambert realises its popularity when she spots children impersonating the creatures' catchphrase, "Exterminate". Newman is pleased to tell her that the programme achieved a viewership of 10 million and continued production is now assured.

As most of the original cast and crew (including Hussein and Lambert) gradually move on to other projects, Hartnell's health declines, which leads to him forget lines and require scenes to be re-shot — something the BBC can ill-afford. Hartnell meets with Newman and asks for a reduced workload, but the decision has already been taken to replace him. Hartnell has grown to embrace playing the Doctor and struggles with his emotional attachment to the character. However, he reluctantly accepts the situation. As he later informs his wife, Heather (Lesley Manville), of the news he breaks into tears and says, "I don't want to go."

Before his final scene, Hartnell shares a brief exchange with his successor, Patrick Troughton (Reece Shearsmith). As the cameras are about to record, Hartnell looks across the main console. He sees Matt Smith, who will play the same role nearly 50 years later, and who silently acknowledges Hartnell's legacy.

Production[edit]

The drama is produced by Matt Strevens, and directed by Terry McDonough.[8] Filming began in February 2013. The production was based at the Wimbledon Studios in London,[9] with shooting also taking place at BBC Television Centre.

On Sunday 17 February 2013, location filming for the drama took place early in the morning on Westminster Bridge in London.[10] This involved replicas of 1960s Dalek props crossing the bridge, in a recreation of a famous scene from the 1964 Doctor Who serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth.[10] Interior scenes replicating early Doctor Who production at Lime Grove Studios were also filmed, showing 1963-era cameras and studio equipment.[11]

To make the drama understandable to a general audience not knowledgeable about the history of Doctor Who, not all of those involved in its creation are represented in the script.[12] For example, the programme's original story editor David Whitaker does not appear, and his role is merged with that of associate producer Mervyn Pinfield.[12]

Part of the production involved the recreation of scenes from the classic series, some of which are from missing episodes such asMarco Polo.[13] Mark Gatiss had stated that his ambitions included filming the death of Sara Kingdom from the missing episode 12 ofThe Daleks' Master Plan, using actress Jean Marsh (who originally played the character in 1965) to play the increasingly aging Sara, and using Super 8 footage of the Radio Times publicity photo-shoot for The Three Doctors, but the budget could not accommodate them.[14]

Cast[edit]

A number of the cast have appeared in Doctor Who at one time or another, most notably William Russell and Carole Ann Ford. David Bradley appeared in the Series 7 episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", while Jessica Raine was in the Series 7 episode "Hide", both alongside Matt Smith as the Doctor; Jeff Rawle was in the Season 21 serial Frontios with Peter DavisonMark Eden appeared as the title character in the Season 1 serial Marco Polo with William HartnellNicholas Briggs has played the voice of the Daleks since the series was revived in 2005 and Brian Cox voiced the Elder Ood in The End of Time. Jean Marsh and Anneke Wills, who both played companions to Hartnell's First Doctor also appeared during Verity Lambert's leaving party scene.

Doctor Who actors[edit]

Behind-the-scenes personnel[edit]

Others[edit]

Earlier proposals[edit]

Gatiss first pitched the idea of such a drama to the BBC for the programme's fortieth anniversary in 2003, submitting a proposal to BBC Four.[22] However, the proposal was rejected by the BBC, and Gatiss was told there was no available slot or budget for such a programme.[22] Ten years prior to Gatiss's pitch, at the time of Doctor Who's thirtieth anniversary in 1993, film-maker Kevin Davies had proposed a similar project called The Legend Begins to the BBC.[23] The Legend Begins would have mixed documentary interviews with those responsible for the creation of Doctor Who with a dramatised strand showing the programme's beginnings.[22] Eventually, the dramatisation idea was abandoned in favour of a standard documentary format looking at the entire history of Doctor Who, which was eventually broadcast on BBC1 as Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS in November 1993.[23] When interviewed in 2003, Mark Gatiss said that he was unaware of Davies's earlier The Legend Begins proposal when he first came up with the idea for his programme.[22]

Home media[edit]

The programme will be released on DVD on 2 December 2013.[24][25]

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240 – "The Day of the Doctor"
Doctor Who episode
Poster Day-of-the-Doctor.jpg
Official poster
Cast
Others
Production
Director Nick Hurran
Script editor Richard Cookson
Producer Marcus Wilson
Executive producer(s)
  • Steven Moffat
  • Faith Penhale
Incidental music composer Murray Gold
Series Specials (2013)
Length 76 minutes[2]
Originally broadcast
  • 23 November 2013 (GMT, simulcast internationally)
Chronology
← Preceded by Followed by →
"The Name of the Doctor"
"The Night of the Doctor" (mini-episode)
"The Time of the Doctor"

"The Day of the Doctor"[3][4][5] is the 799th episode of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, and marks the programme's fiftieth anniversary. It is written by Steven Moffat,[6] an executive producer alongside Faith Penhale.[7] It has been described by series producer Marcus Wilson as a "love letter to the fans" and by the controller of BBC OneDanny Cohen, as an "event drama".[6][8] It was shown on BBC Oneon 23 November 2013, in both 2D and 3D.[9][10] The special was broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries,[10][11] and was shown concurrently in 3D in some cinemas.[12] It achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.[11]

The episode shows the last day of the Time War, in which a previously unrevealed incarnation of the Doctor faces his choice to kill both Daleks and his own race of Time Lords in an act of mass destruction, paralleling this with a present-day choice by paramilitary organisation UNIT to destroy London rather than allow an alien invasion. It reveals how, contrary to previous plotline understanding, the Doctor followed a companion'splea to change his mind at the last instant of the Time War, and hid the war-racked planet Gallifrey in time, rather than destroy it, but due to the distortions of time incurred, had retained no memory of his changed decision.

The episode starred Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion, Clara Oswald. Previous lead actors David Tennant and Billie Piper returned for the episode, Tennant reprising his role as the Tenth Doctor, while Piper portrayed a sentient doomsday weapon called the Moment, projecting an image based on her character Rose Tyler, invisible and inaudible to everyone but the War Doctor, played byJohn Hurt, introduced for the first time in the previous series finale as an unknown past incarnation of the Doctor. Other appearances included a very brief view of the upcomingTwelfth Doctor, expected to succeed Matt Smith in December 2013's Christmas Special,[13] and a significant cameo appearance by Fourth Doctor actor Tom Baker, now in his late 70s and the earliest surviving actor to have played the title role. Rounding out the guest cast, Joanna Page starred as Queen Elizabeth I,[14] while Jemma Redgrave returned to portray the in-series daughter of 1970s central figure Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.[15]The special also featured the return of the Daleks,[16] and the Zygons, shape-shifting aliens who had previously only appeared in the 1975 serial Terror of the Zygons.[17]

Mini-episodes

Two mini-episodes written by Steven Moffat, "The Night of the Doctor" and "The Last Day", were released shortly prior to "The Day of the Doctor". They depict events occurring during the Time War between the Doctor's own race of Time Lords and his nemesis, the Daleks.

In "The Night of the Doctor", Paul McGann reprised his role as the Eighth Doctor from the1996 television film and subsequent Big Finish audio plays. He is a conscientious objectorto the ongoing Time War and intends to rescue a crew member from a crashing spaceship via the TARDIS. Realising that he is a Time Lord, she refuses to comply, preferring to die rather than go with him. She and the Doctor die as the ship crashes on Karn. The Doctor is resurrected temporarily by the Sisterhood of Karn. They persuade the Doctor to take action to end the Time War, offering him a selection of potions to control his regeneration. He chooses a potion designed to initiate his regeneration into a hitherto unknown incarnation of the Doctor as a "warrior" (described in credits as the "War Doctor" and played by John Hurt).

"The Last Day" is filmed from the first-person perspective of a Gallifreyan soldier who has had a camera implanted in his head. The soldiers scan for Daleks at Arcadia, Gallifrey's second city and believed due to its impregnable defences to be the safest place on the Time Lords' home planet. During training exercises, a blurred object in the sky is identified surprisingly as the first of a fleet of successfully invading Daleks, which kill the soldiers. The "Fall of Arcadia" becomes the central battle of the Time War around which "The Day of the Doctor" is centred.

Plot

At Coal Hill School, teacher Clara Oswald receives a message from the Eleventh Doctor and returns to the TARDIS, which is unexpectedly airlifted to Trafalgar Square. Kate Stewart of the paramilitary organisation UNIT shows the Doctor preserved instructions from previous wife Elizabeth I of England, along with the Under-Gallery, a secret vault of forbidden art housed at the National Gallery. The vault includes several works of Time Lord art: moments of time preserved in stasis that take the form of "3-D pictures". One such work, called either No More or Gallifrey Falls, shows the fall of Arcadia on the last day of the Time War, an event believed to have obliterated both the Time Lords and the Daleks from the universe. The glass of several of these pictures has been broken from within and figures in the paintings have disappeared. It transpires that the shape-shifting Zygons, preserved in stasis in the pictures, are invading, taking the forms of UNIT members. To defeat them, Kate plans to detonate a nuclear warhead in London from within UNIT's "TARDIS-proof" Black Archive of Time Lord and other alien artefacts. The detonation would will wipe out London but save the rest of humanity.

In the midst of the Time War, the War Doctor—a hitherto-unknown "hidden" incarnation of the Doctor—watches Gallifrey falling to the Dalek invasion. He decides to trigger an ancient weapon of mass destruction called "the Moment", a "galaxy eater" which will destroy both races completely. The Moment, however, is sentient and possesses a conscience. Its interface manifests with the form of his future assistant Rose Tyler to challenge whether mass killing is his best option and to show him the future personal consequences of his actions.

The Moment opens fissures in space and time between these two points in the timeline and Elizabethan England, depositing the Eleventh Doctor and the War Doctor near the Tenth Doctor and a young Elizabeth I under threat from Zygons, who are using the time period to secret themselves into the stasis of the Time Lord paintings as to invade in the contemporary future. All three Doctors are captured and imprisoned in the Tower of London, where the Moment encourages the War Doctor to form an escape plan involving calculations which would take "centuries", but which, being begun on the War Doctor's sonic screwdriver, are therefore now completed on the Eleventh's screwdriver, four hundred years in its future. The Eleventh Doctor, meanwhile, inscribes in stone the code necessary to activate a vortex manipulator stored in UNIT's Black Archive. Found by his allies in the present day, it allows Clara to both escape the Zygons and free the Doctors, by travelling into the past. Using the same technique to "travel" to the present via the Time Lord paintings as the Zygons, they gain entry to the Black Archives despite its TARDIS-proof defences. They use the Black Archives' mind-wiping facilities to erase the memories of the humans and Zygons present, causing them to forget who is human and who is Zygon in human form, and forcing them to cancel the detonation and discuss peace.

The War Doctor, now convinced that detonating the Moment will allow his future selves to save many more lives, is returned to his time by the Moment. His other two present incarnations appear with the intention of detonating the device alongside him so as to share his burden. Clara, reminding them that he chose the name "Doctor", implores that he seek a different solution. The three Doctors finally think of an alternative solution, to put the planet Gallifrey in stasis in a moment of time, leaving the Daleks surrounding the planet to be obliterated by their own firepower; to the rest of the universe it would still appear that both sides wiped each other out. The three work with the consent of the desperate Time Lords and summon all of the Doctor's other past incarnations – as well as the next to come – to successfully execute this plan.

The three Doctors and Clara return to the Gallery, unsure whether it is possible to return Gallifrey from stasis. The War Doctor is content to think that he failed in doing the right thing, rather than succeeding in doing the wrong thing. He realises that neither he nor the Tenth Doctor will remember what happened, and will continue shouldering the guilt for centuries. After departing, the aged War Doctor finds himself beginning to regenerate within his TARDIS. The Tenth Doctor also leaves, having persuaded his successor to tell him about his impending death on the planet Trenzalore.

The Eleventh Doctor, now alone in the Gallery, is joined by its mysterious curator, who appears to resemble an aged version of theFourth Doctor. The Curator enigmatically suggests that he might be a future incarnation of the Doctor, as well as commenting that the painting's actual name is neither No More nor Gallifrey Falls, but Gallifrey Falls No More. The Doctor surmises that his plan to save Gallifrey was successful. In closing, the Doctor describes a recurring dream, in which he and his eleven previous incarnations are looking together upon Gallifrey. The Doctor vows to find and restore Gallifrey.

Continuity

As the show's 50th anniversary special, the episode contains multiple references to previous episodes. It opens with the title sequence and theme arrangement used at the series' debut in 1963. Echoing the opening of the very first story, An Unearthly Child, a policeman is shown walking past the sign for I.M. Foreman, the scrap merchant in whose yard the TARDIS was located, and its first few seconds are in monochrome (as had been the case in The Two Doctors, the last time more than one Doctor had featured in an official story).Coal Hill School, where the Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman went when they were on Earth in 1963, also featured in both the original story and the 1988 serial Remembrance of the Daleks. According to the school sign, the chairman of the school governors is now Ian Chesterton, formerly one of the First Doctor's original three companions and a science teacher at the school, and the headmaster is W. Coburn, a reference to Waris Hussein and Anthony Coburn,[citation needed] who respectively directed and wrote An Unearthly Child. Clara rides out of Coal Hill School on the Eleventh Doctor's anti-gravity motorcycle from "The Bells of Saint John" at 5:16, the time An Unearthly Child originally aired on BBC1 television (the first broadcast began 1 minute 20 seconds after its scheduled time of 5:15 GMT on 23 November 1963.[18][19]). The same date and time were also reflected in the activation code of the vortex manipulator, 1716231163 (signifying 17:16 23/11/1963).

When the TARDIS is picked up by UNIT, the call sign used by the helicopter to refer to UNIT is 'Greyhound leader', reflecting that ofBrigadier Lethbridge-Stewart,[citation needed] whose daughter Kate is now portrayed as having his role as commander of UNIT. Lethbridge-Stewart was a central character in the Third Doctor's era and also several of his successors', originally appearing in theSecond Doctor serial The Web of Fear and making his last appearance in Doctor Who in Seventh Doctor serial Battlefield, which is also referenced. An image of the Brigadier is seen alongside images of various companions of the Doctor. Kate's assistant, Osgood, is also a name from that era (UNIT technician Osgood from The Dæmons) and her scarf is very similar to that worn by the Fourth Doctor; the Eleventh Doctor remarks that it is a "nice scarf". Osgood also uses it to trip up her Zygon duplicate who was standing on it, a nod to the Fourth Doctor's actions against a thug in his first story Robot. Kate Stewart twice mentions her subordinate, Malcolm, presumably the same UNIT scientist named Malcolm played by Lee Evans in "Planet of the Dead".[citation needed] The UNIT datingcontroversy, regarding whether the Third Doctor era stories took place in the 1970s or 1980s, is referenced in dialogue by Kate Stewart, when she mentions that events occurred in "the '70s or '80s depending on the dating protocol used".

The Tenth Doctor's era is also heavily referenced, elaborating on his marriage to Queen Elizabeth I originally mentioned in his final story, The End of Time and first referred to in "The Shakespeare Code". It is implied that he deserted her shortly after the wedding as part of his (fruitless) attempt to flee his impending death, hence her fury at him when she finds him at the Globe Theatre;[citation needed]at that time he had no idea why she was so angry, since the events of "The Shakespeare Code" occur much earlier than those of "The Day of the Doctor". The Tenth Doctor's speech to a rabbit whom he believes to be a Zygon is partially taken from the Christmas special, "Voyage of the Damned". The Tenth Doctor mentioned the Fall of Arcadia in "Doomsday". When he leaves after learning of Trenzalore, the Tenth Doctor remarks, "I don't want to go...", his incarnation's final words from The End of Time; the Eleventh Doctor tells Clara that "he always says that" after his TARDIS leaves. The Eleventh Doctor's fixation with fezzes – a linking item in this story – begins in "The Big Bang" and reappears in "A Christmas Carol", "The Impossible Astronaut", and "The Bells of Saint John". The Moment device was originally mentioned in The End of Time, but had not been explored in depth. Here, it takes the form of "Bad Wolf", a seemingly omnipotent being and personalisation of the Time Vortex itself, which manifested in Rose Tyler when she absorbed the Time Vortex in the series one finale, "The Parting of the Ways".

Other references come heavily from the previous multi-Doctor anniversary stories, The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors. The Eleventh Doctor's dismissal of the Tenth Doctor and War Doctor as "the sandshoes and grandad" to mock their respective trainers and age echo the First Doctor's description of his two successors in The Three Doctors as "a dandy and a clown"[citation needed]. Likewise, a Time Lord says, "I didn't know when I was well-off! All twelve of them!" which recalls the Brigadier's line from The Three Doctors: "Three of them, eh? I didn't know when I was well off." More of the Brigadier's dialogue from the latter serial is referenced when Kate asks for an incident report code-named "Cromer"; in the earlier story, upon being transported to another universe, the Brigadier initially believes himself to be near the coastal Norfolk town. A line from the First Doctor, this time from The Five Doctors, is also referenced near the end as the Tenth Doctor tells the Eleventh, "It's good to know my future is in safe hands" (which the First told the Fifth in the earlier story, appended by "after all").

In trying to compensate for the presence of three Doctors who utilise different console rooms, the Tenth Doctor's TARDIS console briefly changes to the War Doctor's console room, seen again later in the episode, before settling on the Eleventh's; according to the script, the fact that all three are together has knocked their time streams out of sync and the TARDIS is reacting to that.[citation needed] The Tenth Doctor comments upon the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS console, "Oh you've redecorated! I don't like it", a line originally used by the Second Doctor speaking to the Third in The Three Doctors and later reused by the Second and Eleventh Doctors respectively inThe Five Doctors and "Closing Time".

There were plenty of other script references to both the recent and classic history of the programme. When the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors aim their sonic screwdrivers at troops in 1560, the War Doctor asks if they plan to "...assemble a cabinet at them?", a line used by River Song when the Eleventh Doctor points his screwdriver at The Silence in a fight scene of "Day of the Moon". The white roundels in the wall of the War Doctor's TARDIS were featured in the classic series' original TARDIS console rooms from 1963 to 1989 before being removed for the more elaborate TARDIS console used by the Seventh and Eighth Doctors in the TV movie. Seeing the white roundels, both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor are pleased, but are uncertain as to what they are for. The final scene in the Gallery, containing Tom Baker's cameo appearance as the curator, breaks the fourth wall somewhat, as he enigmatically talks to the watching audience and Eleventh Doctor in a short monologue upon the Doctor's past and future activities, ultimately (in the context of the episode) deterring questions about his apparent knowledge with the comment, '"Who" Knows?'.

Cast

Casting

Both David Tennant and Billie Piper returned to appear in the 50th anniversary special

On 30 March 2013, a distribution error occurred, and many subscribers toDoctor Who Magazine received the issue five days before the official release date.[14] The issue of the magazine included the official announcement thatDavid Tennant and Billie Piper, who previously played the Tenth Doctor andRose Tyler in Doctor Who respectively, were lined up to appear in the special, along with actor John Hurt.[14] Moffat did not want to bring Rose the character back because he felt her story was wrapped up and did not feel comfortable adding to Davies' arc. However, he liked the concept of bringing back her Bad Wolf persona and felt that Piper needed to be in the special as she symbolised the rebirth of Doctor Who.[30]

John Hurt did not actually audition for the part, but had been asked by the production team and "said yes with remarkable speed".[31]His costume was meant to signify that he was "rougher, tougher", and had been around for a while; the audience had missed a lot. Hurt's request to keep his beard adds to this effect, and makes him the first bearded Doctor.[31]

Christopher Eccleston discussed plans for the anniversary episode with Moffat, but eventually declined to return as the Ninth Doctor.[32]Sylvester McCoy, who played the Seventh Doctor, claimed that none of the surviving actors who portrayed the Doctor prior to Eccleston were contacted regarding the special.[33] Colin Baker confirmed this while being interviewed on Australian television alongside McCoy and Paul McGann.[34] However, McGann went on to say that he could still be in the 50th but at the last moment.[35] Radio Timesreported rumours that a Doctor from the classic era would feature in the special, citing unknown sources.[36] Freema Agyeman[37] andJohn Barrowman,[38] who played Tenth Doctor companions Martha Jones and Jack Harkness, respectively, both stated they would not be in the 50th, but may return to the show at some point. Barrowman stated that he would have liked to be in it, but speculated that the producers wanted to try some different things.[38]

Production

Publicity

Steven Moffat previously stated, "Most things that have been said about the 50th are not true... Normally I am responsible for the disinformation and the rubbish rumors—I usually put them out myself, but I haven't needed to for this one."[39] On the importance of the episode, Moffat has stated that it will "change the narrative" of Doctor Who.[40]

"The Night of the Doctor", an additional 7-minute special, was released on 14 November 2013, and featured the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)'s regeneration into the War Doctor (John Hurt).[41] Another 4 minute special, entitled "The Last Day", was released on 20 November 2013 and saw the start of the Fall of Arcadia.[42]

On 4 November 2013, the BBC released the official synopsis: "The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him."[43]

On 22 November 2013, Billie Piper stated on BBC Radio 2 "I can say something about my character; it's not Rose as we know her" toChris Evans about the episode.[44][not in citation given]

Writing

"The Day of the Doctor" was written by Steven Moffat,[6] current head writer of Doctor Who, and produced by Faith Penhale[7] in 3D, with Nick Hurran directing.[45] Moffat began writing the script for "The Day of the Doctor" in late 2012, announcing that, as a security precaution, he had not produced any copies, instead keeping it on his computer "under lock and key" until it was needed.[46] Moffat had often thought about featuring a "mayfly Doctor" who appears for a single episode, asking, "Would it be weird in the run of the series to have the 45th Doctor turn up and be played by Johnny Depp or someone? Would that be a cool thing to do?" He also indicated that the "classic Doctor" he would most like to feature in a new story was William Hartnell's First Doctor, stating, "You'd want him to come and say 'What in the name of God have I turned into?' That's the confrontation that you most want to see, to celebrate 50 years. Going round and round in circles on it I just thought, 'What about a Doctor that he never talks about?' And what if it is a Doctor who's done something terrible, who's much deadlier and more serious, who represents that thing that is the undertow in both David and Matt. You know there's a terrible old man inside them. Well, here he is, facing the children he becomes, as it were."[47] Knowing that Matt Smith was planning to leave, Moffat wrote the special specifically with the brief appearance of the Twelfth Doctor during the sequence of all of the Doctors uniting to save Gallifrey, prior to casting anyone in the role. Moffat later stated of the 50th episode, that it was his "plan from the start" that all the Doctors would fly in to save Gallifrey, and he knew there would be a new one at that time. He wrote it before knowing who would be cast.[48]

Typically, Doctor Who's anniversary stories are named after the number of returning Doctors, as with The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors. Moffat explained his choice of title to SFX magazine, commenting that "... it's very rare in Doctor Who that the story happens to the Doctor. It happens to people around him, and he helps out – he's the hero figure who rides in and saves everybody from the story of the week. He is not the story of the week. In this, he is the story of the week. This is the day of the Doctor. This is his most important day. His most important moment. This is the one he'll remember, whereas I often think the Doctor wanders back to his TARDIS and forgets all about it."[49]

Filming

Because "The Day of the Doctor" was filmed in 3D, the episode took longer than usual to shoot, especially as every CGI shot had to be done twice.[50] Filming began on 2 April 2013 in NeathWales.[22] On 9 April 2013 scenes were filmed for the special in Trafalgar SquareLondon.[51] On 17 April 2013 Matt SmithJenna ColemanBillie Piper and David Tennant filmed scenes in Chepstow,MonmouthshireWales, and some scenes were shot in Chepstow Castle.[52] On 2 May 2013, scenes in Cardiff were being filmed for scenes that take place at Totter's Lane and Coal Hill school, locations which had previously featured in the first 1963 serial An Unearthly Child, the 1985 serial Attack of the Cybermen, and the 1988 serial Remembrance of the Daleks.[53] Filming for the special was completed on Sunday 5 May 2013. From 4–5 May 2013, Paul McGann returned to Doctor Who alongside John Hurt's War Doctor, to record "The Night of the Doctor".[54]

Marketing

Trailers

The first trailer for the special was shown to attendees of San Diego Comic-Con in July 2013.[55] The BBC's decision not to release the trailer online to international fans was met with controversy.[56][57][58] On 26 July, the BBC responded to criticisms by saying the trailer was intended to be exclusive to Comic-Con attendees and that content for all other audiences would be forthcoming at a later date.[59]The trailer was also screened at The Edinburgh International Television Festival, at the end of Charlotte Moore's "Meet The Controller" session.[citation needed] On 28 September, the BBC revealed that the trailer for the special had been specifically shot and was currently in post-production.[60] On 19 October 2013, a specially-made teaser trailer, directed by Matt Losasso, was shown on BBC One, and was then subsequently posted online. It contained icons from the history of the show and had a monologue by Matt Smith, as well as body doubles and CGI to create shots of previous Doctors.[61][62] A clip from "The Day of the Doctor" was shown at the BBC's Children in Need show on Friday 15 November.[63] The official trailer for the episode aired in the United Kingdom at 8 pm GMT on 9 November. Due to the leak of a trailer earlier on 9 November on BBC Latin America's Facebook page, the BBC officially released it ahead of schedule. A second official trailer was shortly released later.[64]

Furthermore, before the release of the main trailers, a short clip previewed the Eleventh Doctor and Clara examining a seemingly impossible painting. On 10 November 2013, a short clip of the Eleventh Doctor announcing "The clock is ticking" interrupted a BBC One ident.[65] This was followed on Monday 11 November by another ident interruption, with the Eleventh Doctor stating "It's all been leading to this..."[66]

Viral marketing

On 28 September, the BBC unveiled a Twitter hashtag (#SaveTheDay) and an ident that was used to promote the special.[67]Respectively, the hashtag and the ident were shown before and after the premiere of Atlantis on BBC One. The hashtag was used to reveal all subsequent promotional material. On 7 November 2013, a video starring Smith in character as the Doctor was released promoting the hashtag, promising exclusive content. A website was launched to reveal the content.[68]

Broadcast

Countries that screened "The Day of the Doctor" simultaneously.
  Countries that screened on TV.
  Countries that screened in cinemas.
  Countries that screened both on TV and in cinemas.

The BBC broadcast the episode in 94 countries simultaneously,[69] in order to avoid plot leaks.[10][70] It earned a Guinness World Record for the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.[11]

The British Board of Film Classification rated the episode PG for mild violence and threat.[2] The Australian Classification Board also rated the episode PG for "mild science fiction themes and violence", noting there was "very mild impact" with regards to sexual themes.[71] The episode broadcast at 7:50pm in the UK,[72] and was preceded and followed by other Doctor Who related programmes and broadcasts, including broadcast of an after-party.

Canadian provincial film censors rated "The Day of the Doctor" PG in Alberta,[73] G in Manitoba[74] and G inQuebec.[75]

Broadcasters

The following is a list of some broadcasters that aired "The Day of the Doctor" on 23 or 24 November 2013, depending on time zones.[76]

CountryChannel
 Argentina BBC Entertainment and BBC HD (television)
Cinemark and Hoyts (cinema)
 Australia ABC1 (television)
HoytsEvent Cinemas and Village Cinemas (cinema)
 Austria Haydn and UCI (cinema)
 Belgium BBC One
 Bolivia
 Costa Rica
 Dominican Republic
 El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Honduras
 Nicaragua
 Paraguay
 Venezuela
BBC Entertainment and BBC HD
 Uruguay BBC Entertainment and BBC HD (television)
Movie Center (cinema)
 Botswana
 Cameroon
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Eritrea
 Gambia
 Ghana
 Hong Kong
 Kenya
 Liberia
 Malawi
 Malaysia
 Mauritius
 Namibia
 Nigeria
 Poland
 Rwanda
 Seychelles
 Sierra Leone
 Singapore
 South Africa
 South Sudan
 Swaziland
 Taiwan
 Uganda
 Zambia
 Zimbabwe
BBC Entertainment
 Brazil
 Chile
 Colombia
 Ecuador
 Mexico
 Panama
 Peru
BBC Entertainment and BBC HD (television)
Cinemark (cinema)
 Canada Space (television)
Ztele (television)
Cineplex (cinema)[77]
 Denmark Cinemaxx (cinema)
 Finland Yle (Yle TV2 and Yle HD)
 France France 4
 Germany Fox (television)
Cinemaxx, Cine Star and UCI (cinema)
 Ireland BBC One (television)
Omniplex (cinema)[78]
 Iceland Bíóparadís (cinema)
 Israel yes Action
 Italy RAI (not simultaneous, 20 minute delay and commercial breaks)
 Kazakhstan Kinopark and Chaplin Cinema (cinema)
 Netherlands BBC One
 New Zealand Prime (not simultaneous, 10 minute delay)
Event Cinemas (cinema)
 Norway Fredrikstad Kino, Kristiansand Kino, Trondheim Kino,
Volda Filmteater, Ringen Oslo Kino and Bergen Kino (cinema)
 Russia Carousel and NST (television)
CoolConnections (cinema)
 South Korea BBC Entertainment Asia
 Spain Cinesa (cinema)[79]
 Sweden Bio Roy and Tumbascenen Bio (cinema)
  Switzerland BBC One
 Turkey CNBC-e
 Ukraine Kronverk Cinema (cinema)[80]
 United Kingdom BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC 3D (television)
CineworldVue and Odeon (cinemas), as well as independent cinemas around the UK.
 United States BBC America (television)
AMCCentury Theatres, Cinemark and Regal (cinema)

Home media

"The Day of the Doctor" is planned to be released on DVD and 3D Blu-ray on 2 December 2013 in the UK.[81][82] It will be released on 4 December 2013 in Australia and 10 December 2013 in North America.[83]

Reception

"The Day of the Doctor" received instant positive reactions. Ben Lawrence of The Daily Telegraph gave the special five stars, calling it "charming, eccentric and very, very British."[84] Den of Geek's Simon Brew praised the special, calling it "terrific", and stating that it was "pulsating with comedy, ambition, and top to bottom entertainment."[85] Jon Cooper of The Mirror gave the episode five stars, stating that it "not only gives hardcore fans a beautiful reinvention of their favourite show but also gives casual viewers a stonking story and a reminder why we all love this show so much."[86]

Jim Shelley of The Daily Mail called the episode "a clever, chaotic, infuriating combination of nifty, knowing tiny detail and big, hollow, pompous bluster." However, he disliked the effects, accusing the BBC on pandering to the American audience, as well as disliking the Zygons, deeming them not "scary enough," and naming Matt Smith and David Tennant "irritating."[87] Mashable's Chris Taylor stated that the episode is "one designed to please fans and newcomers alike," and that it "shows why the Doctor is finding his way into ever more homes and hearts."[88] The Guardian's Viv Grospok criticised various elements of the episode, though concluded that "it was all worth it."[89]

Social analytics website SecondSync revealed that Doctor Who generated almost 500,000 "tweets" on Twitter during its broadcast, with the peak number of tweets occurring at the beginning of the broadcast, at 12,939 tweets per minute.[90][91]

Overnight figures revealed that the episode had a total of 10.18 million viewers for the live broadcast in the United Kingdom,[92] while the box office takings for its cinema screenings totalled £1.7m (US$2.2m), which placed it at number three in the UK film chart for the week, behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Gravity.[93] The live simulcast on BBC America, at 2.50pm EST/11.50am PST, had a total audience of 2.4m viewers, with a further 1.2m watching the later repeat, the largest audience in the channel's history. The cinema screenings, on a total of 660 screens nationwide, took a total of US$4.8m (approx £3m) at the box office, placing it at number 2 in the US chart.[94][95] The special had a total of 1.95m viewers for its two broadcasts in Australia, with 590,000 watching the live broadcast on ABC1 at 6.50am AEDT/3.50am AWST, and another 1.36m watching the repeat at 7.30pm, while the cinema box office takings totalled AU$1.54m, putting it at number three in the Australian film chart.[96][97] [98] A total of 1.7m viewers watched the two broadcasts on Canadian channel Space, making it the most watched entertainment programme in Canada on the day, with the 1.1m watching the live broadcast at 2.50pm EST being the channel's largest ever audience.[99] Worldwide, cinema screenings brought $10.2 million at the box office.[100]

See also

Notes

References

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BLUE BOX MESSIAH: REVIEW! from British Theatre Guide

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/blue-box-messia-the-old-george-9623

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Blue Box Messiah

Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair

The Old George, Newcastle

From 21 November 2013 to 22 November 2013

Review by Peter Lathan

This weekend, of course, is the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Dr Who, a children's TV series which has become an international cult science fiction show, so it is hardly surprising that there will be Who-related ("Whovian" is the new adjective) theatrical productions.

Blue Box Messiah is written by Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair, author of Whostrology: A Time Traveller's Almanac, who will be the celebrant at a big Whovian wedding at which around fifty couples will get married, renew their vows or engage in a civil partnership in a Doctor Who themed ceremony in London on Sunday 24th November – a ceremony at which this play will be performed.

In the play life-long Doctor Who fans Luke (Adam Lightfoot) and Matt (Lee Shillito), inspired by being door-stepped by Jehovah’s Witnesses, discuss how the series could form the basis of a religion. In the course of the discussion they briefly take on other parts, such as a Jehovah’s Witness, a preacher and even a couple of (puppet) aliens.

If you’re not a Doctor Who fan, much of what is said (including the humour) will go over your head: there are continuous references to episodes, the various Doctors, their companions and their adversaries. At one point the word “esoteric” is used and it seems a very appropriate one to describe this play. I have to admit that I found myself lost at times; I do watch the series (and have done since it first started back in 1963) but have never been tempted to immerse myself in it in the way many others do.

It’s a dialogue rather than a play, an exploration of a philosophical idea through discussion, in a tradition that stretches back to Plato, a tradition which allows the subject under discussion to be looked at from different points of view. However the intended audience is hardcore Doctor Who fans and, to judge from the reaction of the audience at the performance I saw, they will certainly enjoy it.

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